Poached chicken and pot-au-feu, snails and coquilles Saint-Jacques – track down wonderful meals in the heart of the French countryside
This turreted mansion used to be part of a larger château surrounded by vineyards. Today its grounds are given over to parkland and lavender fields. The 13 double rooms and nine suites all have glorious rural views over one of France’s most unsung regions. Bedrooms are unfussily styled with traditional furniture, exposed stone walls and wooden beams – and Lavandin, the hotel’s restaurant, is an absolute delight, showcasing the region’s terroir. Seasonal three-course menus (€65) span snails and coquilles Saint-Jacques, perfectly cooked shellfish beurre blanc, or local fowl, and Chantilly meringues.
Doubles from €99 B&B; sawdays.co.uk