NUMBER OF ROOMS: 3 rooms
ANNUAL CLOSURE: Open year round
THE STORY: In the middle of the Touraine province, a stone’s throw from three majestic castles of the Loire Valley, an old barn has been transformed into a lovely B&B named Le Détour by Pauline Lemoine and Paul Gross. Thanks to architect Samuel Crosnier and local artisans, the building was able to keep its charming old stone walls, but traded in its farmhouse doors and haystacks for gigantic bay windows, a spacious living room with sunny yellow walls, cathedral ceilings and century-old wooden beams, plus a fully equipped and spacious kitchen, and three cozy bedrooms: Le Nid, tucked away in the attic; La Cabane, which is better for families; and Le Cocon, on the ground floor. Each of these bedrooms has its own cheeky bathroom, exposed stone walls, raw materials and delicate colors (eggshell, powder pink, pale green, cream…), for a very cozy result. What about outside? There’s a vegetable patch, a tree-lined garden, and even a handful of sheep grazing, for an even more picture-perfect result… In short, the perfect spot for wasting time doing nothing in particular. Double rooms starting at €100 a night.
BREAKFAST: Included with coffee or tea, local apple juice, viennoiseries and bread from the village bakery, homemade jams and cakes (crumble, brioche, brownies…) and fresh market fruit.
TOILETRIES: Muzzu shampoo made with organic argan oil and verbena, shea butter body wash.
LITTLE LUXURY: Taking a wicker basket and heading out to forage in the edible forest, near the house.