A classic avenue of plane trees leads to the château. This gracious house, orangery, and The Tourelle farmhouse (where you stay) are set around a formal courtyard. The owners farm the estate and used to live in the farmhouse before moving into the château. They loved their time there and it shows – it’s a home full of friendly warmth, family pieces and easy living spaces. The sitting room is perfect for family gatherings – plenty of sofas and chairs, sunlight flooding in through tall windows, an open fire for chilly nights (logs provided). If you fancy escaping the group for a bit there’s a library landing upstairs, with seats looking over the garden. Bedrooms lead off from here – all individually done, with earthy colours, wallpapers, polished boards and very comfy beds; one pretty one is tucked under the eaves. There’s a walled garden just for you: lawns, shady trees and climbing roses; through the gate at the end you’ll find the family’s kitchen garden – help yourselves to produce – and a big swimming pool. This part of France isn’t touristy, but not far off there’s river canoeing, boat trips on the canals, wine tours and festivals.