Woods, fields and giant sequoias surround this historic property on the edge of town. Stroll up to the paddock to find friendly ponies and llamas to pat – Lulu the big house dog is very gentle too.
B&B rooms are divided between two long low houses separated by a furnished courtyard: a family suite on one side, two doubles on the other. (One is on the ground-floor, the other under the roof.) Breakfast, served in a pleasant communal room with five tables, includes two kinds of brioche and bread and homemade jams.
Walk into pretty Amboise – it takes about 20 minutes. People travel far for its Sunday market, and its château, commanding a spur above the Loire. Leonardo da Vinci visited in 1515 and stayed until his death in 1519; from here, Francois I launched the French Renaissance.