In the grounds of the 15th-century château, a 19th-century stable block on a working truffle farm, now transformed into a restful place to stay. Inside, a lovely kitchen built within the old stone walls, and cheese and wine in the welcome hamper. Six can sleep in the cottage, and two more in the tower next door.
On sunny days take a dip in the pool; barbecue on the terrace surrounded by clucking hens (enjoy their organic eggs too) and three splendid resident peacocks. The huge walled garden with manicured lawns is perfect for a game of croquet, or head out for a walk in the 10-acre truffle orchard.
You’re just a few kilometres from Chinon, one of the Loire’s loveliest towns, with its châteaux, deep in Joan of Arc country. Find a market with crêpes and local produce, excellent wine, concerts and festivals, with the royal château a short drive east. Return to cosy evenings in front of the log fire in the large sitting room – plenty of books and games to choose from too.