Chateau d’Ivoy, Loire Valley

27 August 2014
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Every antique bed is appropriately canopied (Kipling: frothy mosquito net on carved Anglo-Indian bed; Lord Drummond: the old English feel), every superb bathroom a study in modern fittings on period Washstands. Ivoy is home to an interior designer who has achieved miracles since buying it from a famous entomologist who had planted a near tropical rainforest in one stateroom, now the fine-furnished, Spode dining room. It was built for Mary Stuart’s purser: the Stuarts Were allowed to create a Scottish duchy here that lasted 200 years and it became the Drummond family seat after the battle of Culloden. The front is stern, the back opens wide onto sweeping lawns, park and hills – all bedrooms face this Way. The house radiates refinement and your hostess’s infectious delight. She will welcome you in her grey-green hall with its lovely sandstone floor and ceramic stove, invite you to use the library (home to a huge spider… imprisoned in a glass paperweight) or the salon, and will then retire discreetly. A very special place to stay.

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