A leafy drive, a quiet river, lush lawns and dense forests – enter another age. This elegant stone château, handsome with turrets, tall windows and extravagant chimneys, wraps you in its history. Roxanna is an architect and passionate about the building, preserving the original lovelies then furnishing with a light touch. You stay in the 15th-century east wing, spaciously and graciously self-contained and full of little corridors, polished oak floors and solid doors. The oak-panelled sitting room, all squashy sofas and hunting trophies, has French windows to a terrace for sun-drenched mornings and shady evenings. A homely dining room, pretty with old baskets and ancient china, has a kitchenette, traditional and simple. For the swathe of fireplaces there is a cellar stocked with logs. Bedrooms are in country-house style with a light mix of French and English antiques, bathrooms have grand roll tops, one with original fittings. Visit Chédigny and its 800 rose bushes, the nearby Chenonceau (just ten minutes away) and other Loire châteaux; walk the old hunting ground of kings and return to restful gardens and utter privacy.