Built in the 18th-century, the ground floor double-size drawing room has a vaulted ceiling supported by stone pillars and an open fireplace; both this room and the dining room have doors which open on to the gorgeous sheltered garden with its mature trees, making it ideal for eating out in the summer. From the garden there are views of unspoilt countryside sloping down to a stream.
The kitchen is big enough for everyone to help, together with two sinks, two fridges and plenty of preparation space. There’s a book-lined office with internet and library shelves full of several hundred books, DVDs and CDs, mostly classical and opera and games and puzzles for children. The master bedroom is sumptuous, the three off a different landing are smaller and more basic, but all are comfortable and have super views.
Walks and rides through the Forêt de Tronçais (five minutes by car) are sublime. It’s quiet here, and you can stable your horse.