Inn of the Month: France's La Cour Beaudeval
At La Cour Beaudeval, a creeper-clad 17th-century farmhouse in Normandy, just an hour from Paris, you can purchase the perfect pair of vintage mercury-glass candlesticks and rest your head upon a Louis XVI‚style bed piled with toile de Jouy pillows. Owners Mireille and Jean-Claude Lothon brought water and electricity to Beaudeval, laid rescued bits of terra-cotta and patterned cement tiles, and added windows that welcome in the moody northern light. Breakfast brings the inn's own confitures (quince, cherry, apricot) served at a painted farm table set with the same grandmotherly faience, linen, glass, silver, and ivory-handled cutlery found in the antiques shop at the other end of the building. Bouquets in the two comfortable guest rooms, which share a deeply upholstered salon but have their own well-appointed bathrooms, draw on the old-fashioned roses and bosomy hydrangeas that fringe the grassy courtyard. Downtime seems to be the only kind of time there is here.
LA COUR BEAUDEVAL, 4 Rue des Fontaines, Faverolles; 33-2/37-51-47-67; doubles $64 per night, minimum two nights, including breakfast.