An archway and grand courtyard greet your arrival at the 17th-century country chateau. Proud owners Patrick and multilingual Séverine are friendly hosts – it’s been in the family since 1825. Roam bewitching gardens, breathe in lavender and rose amongst manicured topiary, admire the old mill race staircase and pretty pigeonnier, swim in the heated pool. Take your pick of terraces for lazy afternoons (chambre ‘Jaune’ and ‘Coco’ have their own delightful roof spaces too). Angoulême and Périgueux are in reach for days out, Brantôme for canoeing on the Drôme, and pretty Villebois-Lavalette is a short drive for shops and restaurants.