The Queen of Poland, Marie-Casimire, lived here at the tail end of the 17th century – in this château extraordinaire, this architectural curiosity. The rooms are vast, the marble stables are palatial and the corridors heave with antlers and stag heads from previous ancestors; the history is intriguing. The young Marquis and Marquise have joyfully taken up the challenge of running both château and estate (they breed Charolais cattle) and host their national and international guests with grace and ease. Each cavernous bedroom is furnished with antiques – a triple-mirrored wardrobe from the Thirties, a Breton carved bedstead, a vintage oil-fuelled heater; bathrooms are en suite. Take a peek at the château kitchen with its wonderful old range and copper saucepans… from here breakfast is dispatched to an oak-panelled dining room with sumptuous views of the park. This rambling, asymmetrical, turreted château, its woodlands, gentle river and age-old trees of exotic and distant origins are contained within seven kilometres of walls… relish the fairy tale.