Lush trees and elaborate gates frame the graceful façade. Nicolas and Christine’s courteous informality permeates their peaceful 17th-century château. Downstairs, ancestral portraits survey antiques, gilt mirrors and fine porcelain; you have the run of the antler-decked billiard room, panelled green sitting room and chandeliered salon. Breakfast in the stately dining room, where table d’hôtes dinners of locally sourced food and wine are also held. Bedrooms are sumptuous: marble fireplaces, high ceilings, fine oak parquet. One, in imperial purple and white, has a new, regal free-standing bath. Another, gorgeously simple, has been redone in contemporary grey and lime green. A third has ravishing views on three sides and walls papered in a beautiful Jacobean print. The terrace leads into tree-studded parkland, home to the estate farm, chapel, and an orchard concealing the heated pool. Stroll through meadows past the Gothic tower to explore bosky riverside paths, borrow a boat from the boathouse. But come above all for the gracious, relaxing welcome of this authentic family château, just 90 minutes from Paris.