In a magical situation looking over age-old trees to copse-crested hills, and the madly moated neo-Gothic château just visible across the vast estate, this compact, sweet-turreted 18th-century pavilion is ideal for those seeking real rural isolation: shops and all things ‘civilised’ are a fair drive away. Outside, the endless green grounds are yours to roam alongside the fine Charolais herd; inside, the strong, simple tones are red and white with the odd burst of blue, good furnishings and nice old pieces such as a pair of carved wardrobe doors on a built-in cupboard and the deep-carved Henri IV sideboard that dominates the dining room. There is comfort and personality,wonderful original satin-finished terracotta flooring and decent crockery, a neat black-clothed sofa before the open hearth. In the bathroom you will find soft white towels, deep blue tiling and a leafy view. The walking is exceptional, the vineyards are not far and country pursuits abound. The open-minded young owners, who live with their four children at the château, are altogether charming.