The tree-lined Canal du Midi ripples through the 12-acre grounds of this peaceful little empire. Roland and Anas, the chateau’s owners, have made their beautiful apartment available over the summer so that you can soak up the atmosphere of this bosky haven. The front door opens straight off the main courtyard, revealing a light, bright and spacious open-plan living area decorated in palest grey. A state of the art kitchen in granite and slate with marble dining table and steel framed chairs is juxtaposed with black leather sofas, modern art and prized antiques. Full height French windows reveal the glories of your private patio and the deep green of the gardens beyond. And then there’s a comfy bedroom at either end, decorated in soothing colours, with French windows veiled in pale grey linen, each with its own snazzy shower room. You’re a short drive from restaurants and shops, but your hosts cook for their B&B guests each evening – and will do the same for you if you wish.