The Château: Accommodation
There is a lot to see and much to explore; rare 17th century Tapestry, ornate plasterwork, high ceilings, stone and marble fireplaces, original oil paintings, high windows with attractive hangings and magnificent old floor tiles. Alexandra and John are still finding new things even after all this time.
A quick tour
The entrance Hall has beautiful minton-style floor-tiles, panelled walls, and doors off to everywhere. Turn left and you come to the Sitting Room; bright, sunny and panelled with views of the courtyard at the back and of the terrace at the front. People often meet here for aperitifs. From here you go into the Dining Room with its 17 Century Flemish tapestry. You have breakfast here and sometimes sumptuous candle-lit dinners when we are not feasting in the courtyard.
Continue on the ground floor and you reach the kitchen from whence cometh all good things to eat and drink. Slip upstairs by a 19th century walnut staircase and you find three of the charming bedrooms. One of the bedrooms has a delightful view over the drive and the others have lovely views over the courtyard.
If you turn right out of the main hall you pass the main staircase and then the little library. Through yet another set of doors (there are 32 doors on the ground floor) and you come to the first French language rooms. The walls are panelled and the floor tiles have ancient Sanskrit good luck symbols. This room also has a guest PC with internet access and printer.
Next is the Grand Salon, a huge panelled room with original oil paintings and lots of mirrors. Blessed with beautiful views out over the front meadows and copse, the Grand Salon is sometimes used for French in daytime. There is UK and French TV, a DVD player and a Wii. Leading from the French Room is your guest kitchen. Help yourself to tissanes, teas, coffee and an almost constant supply of biscuits at any time, day or night.
Glide up the 17th century main staircase of oak to find five more of the delightful Château bedrooms. These are en-suite double and twin rooms with beautiful beds, lush fabrics, antique furniture and old fireplaces. Each is an astute and comfortable blend of historic charm and modern comfort. Polished wooden floors, high ceilings and generous spaces give a period ambiance and the views into the courtyard and over the valley are outstanding.
To wake refreshed in your bedroom at L’Age Baston, with the morning light peeping through the shutters and the sounds of the house coming to life around you, is an experience to be treasured.
Just across the courtyard is the Guardians House; an independent ‘dependence’ complete with two bedrooms, bathroom and simple kitchen facilities. Ideal for friends coming together.