FRANCE IN FALL

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Escape -

Drive south­west of Paris and, af­ter a mere 40 min­utes, you’ll have swapped the av­enues of St Ger­main for a stony track through the for­est of Ram­bouil­let, lead­ing to chic ru­ral get­away Le Barn. Wil­liam Kriegel has run a holis­tic eques­trian school here for years, and has now col­lab­o­rated with hote­lier Edouard- Jean Daehn and cool French in­te­ri­ors prac­tice Stu­dio Be-poles to trans­form the site. Two con­verted grain stores now con­tain 71 bed­rooms, while a 19th-cen­tury mill in the woods houses a spa. Food-wise, there is a sim­ple bistro, aswell as a smarter restau­rant, called La Serre. Across a pad­dock is L’ate­lier, a work­shop that hosts cook­ing classes by day and be­comes a wine bar at night. From £143 per night ( lebarn­ho­tel.com).

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