Within exploring distance of Strasbourg, Nancy and Metz, the château has more than a whiff of history. It was built for one of Napoleon’s generals and the two paintings that hang in the Louis XVI salon were gifts from the Emperor. David’s family has farmed here for five generations; now he welcomes guests with huge kindness and eco-awareness. Bedrooms are authentically French and solidly traditional, with carved armoires, Voltaire armchairs, perhaps a draped bedhead or a small chandelier. Parkland views float in through the windows and bathrooms have been updated. Downstairs is more stylish: a library/billiard room, a many-windowed salon hung with portraits, a majestic dining room where splendid candlelit dinners are served several nights a week in the company of your lively, charming host (book ahead). The grounds are beautifully landscaped; enjoy the peace and quiet lazing on the terrace – or pull on your hiking boots and follow your nose through the woods and round the ponds. Tranquil, romantic and definitely special.