The grounds of the château are vast and the trees spectacular. Guests can freely wander and if you go down through the forest to a brook you’ll find a pretty place for a picnic. There’s space for special occasions too, with two chapels, a marquee, indoor events room and luxury ‘glamping tent’.
The northern wing of this 19th-century château is occupied by the owner’s mother, and the southern wing is yours. Look forward to grand proportions, great views, and a hamper that includes wines, chocolates and eggs from the hens. There’s a galley kitchen next to the dining room, and a central sitting area upstairs. One bedroom lies on the ground floor, three lie above, and two are in the tower (a sweet retreat for teens).
Pedal off for patisseries and croissants in tiny Saint-Priest-les-Fougères (2.5km). Shop and eat in Jumilhac-le-Grand (6km), whose square is dominated by a glorious 15th-century château. Later, light the fire pit and marvel at the stars.