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 or the elegant Italianate pool area. Tomorrow there will be delicious breakfast in the ‘auberge’ dayroom.