An old family home, faded and weary yet timeless and romantic. All is peaceful, and Marie-Catherine is natural and quietly elegant. Find a mellow, laid back atmosphere; corridors cluttered with books, magazines and traces of family life lead to an octagonal tower, its great double room and child’s room across the landing imaginatively set in the space. A handsome antique bed on a polished floor, charming chintz, erratic plumbing and two parkland views will enchant you. Shrubs hug the feet of the ‘troubadour’ château, the garden slips into meadow, and summer breakfast and dinner (good wine, book ahead) are in the lived-in orangery.