On a working estate, Omiécourt is a proudly grand 19th-century château and elegant family home (the Thézys have four children, mostly grown now), with tall slender windows and some really old trees. Friendly if formal, communicative and smiling, your hosts have worked hugely to restore their inheritance and create gracious French château guest rooms, each with an ornate fireplace and flooded with light. The 1900 room has a sweep of polished floor and a turn-of-the-century bed, the more modern Chambre des Ormieux sits brightly under the eaves in a separate ‘maison’; near the two pools (one outdoor, one in), it comes with a super new blue and white tiled bathroom and a guest kitchen on the ground floor. Enjoy a buffet supper in your room one night – aperitifs, candlelight, champagne – and a Michelin-starred dinner in Roye the next. Breakfast is continental and something of a feast. There’s table football and table tennis for the children, a boutique of pretty things and rambling green parkland to explore. A house of goodwill, deeply traditional, naturally hospitable.