Chateau de Fources occupies a fortified castle dating back to the 12th century. It stands guarding the entrance to the circular bastide of Fources (very popular with tourists in summer) with typical half-timbered houses and covered arcades near the river Azoue. Thanks to the energy, dedication and flair of its present owner, Patrizia Barsan, it has been meticulously restored and transformed into a delightful hotel which successfully blends the requirements of modern man into an ancient setting. The massive stone masonry of the high walls and turret – in excellent condition – dominate, but they are softened by Renaissance mullion windows which allow in plenty of light. The central square spiral staircase was one of the first to be built in France. By some miracle an efficient lift has been installed, and leads to charmingly arranged bedrooms. A sitting room opening on to a terrace has vestiges of an old wine press. Stairs lead down to a spacious dining room where a good choice of menus is on offer. Breakfast can be served in your room if you wish. The château is surrounded by a park bordering the river which is fringed by magnificent stands of weeping willow. The swimming pool sits beside a covered terrace. Mme Barsan is a memorable hostess. Reports please.