Lanky, relaxed philosopher Bruno has turned his family château into a delightful, harmonious refuge for the world-weary traveller. The cosy, book-lined, deep-chaired sitting room is a place where you find yourself irresistibly drawn into long conversations about music, yoga, art… The sunny breakfast room is charming with its stone-coloured tiles and pretty fabrics. Generations of sliding children have polished the banisters on the stairs leading to the large, light bedrooms that are beautifully but unfussily decorated – splendid brass bedsteads, Turkish rugs on parquet floors, old family furniture, pictures and memorabilia – the spirit of zen can be felt in the search for pure authenticity. A flock of sheep graze peacefully in the newly planted orchard, and there’s a dreadlocked donkey called Omega. Deer can often be seen bounding across the meadow. With 118 hectares of grounds it is very hard to imagine that you’re only 15 minutes from the centre of Tours. On fine summer evenings you can take a supper tray à la Glyndebourne to a favourite corner of the vast grounds.