The pulley system is actually what some would call an old-fashioned dimmer switch. You see, by fastening the lamp to a weighted pulley system, guests can pull the lamp closer for better reading light, or push it up for more of a ambient glow. Though not as automatic as the switches, screens, and remote controls we're used to today, it's actually a pretty ingenious device, and allows people to position the lamp exactly where they want it.
Like so much in this Relais & Chateaux-owned property, we couldn't help but play with the retractable reading lamp for a while, before moving onto other fun doodads like the remote control fireplace (not very 19th century, but still a hoot), automatic shoe shiner and rotary telephone.
In the off-season, this suite goes for $695 a night, though in the summer, you can expect to pay significantly more than that!
Disclosure: We stayed here while on assignment for another publication, but all opinions expressed are our own.