Monsieur’s ‘light and aromatic’ dinners are paired with Loire Valley wines and served at Madame’s beautifully dressed table. Risen gloriously from ruin, your hosts’ 18th-century home hides in rambling grounds amid a duck-filled lake and 40 species of trees. Eclectic objects catch the eye in soundproofed bedrooms: a sculpted elephant, grandma’s lace, ornate wallpapers, claw-foot baths. After dinner, there’s billiards or cards by the fire, a piano and literally hundreds of recipe and wine books. (Inspired? They run cooking courses.) Borrow a bike and follow the Loire from this charming village to châteaux, gardens and lakes.