Once settled on this wooded hilltop in restfully subdued, country-smart comfort, you can’t imagine that super-urban Lyon is only 10 minutes away. Karine’s converted farm buildings are sophisticated yet simple – and so is she, with a genuine interest in other people and a flair for interiors. With 2000 years of European history in its bones and a solid reputation for good food, Lyon has myriad treasures to see and taste. After a day of discovery (or work) in the city or the countryside, relax in the green and birdsung garden. Tomorrow there will be delicious breakfast in the ‘auberge’ dayroom.