This 13th-century château and medieval tower have the atmosphere and quirky feel you’d expect of a place built over the ages. There’s a deep sense of peace here, and from the house you can see only the meadow behind and a handful of houses beyond.
Line and Dominique are charming hosts and will happily tell you all about the history of the place. Breakfast is served in the lovely, airy room in the tower, or you can take it to one of the tables outside if you like. It’s a real treat: omelette and eggs, ham and cheeses, fresh fruit salad, yogurt or the regional speciality leaf-shaped fromage frais, Jonchée. In the evening dine on local, seasonal produce too: volaille à la charentaise, marmite de la mer, oysters and delicious local game.
Bedrooms have their own sitting areas, interesting artworks and windows that look out over the fields. Explore the surrounding countryside from the house on foot or bike – there are cycle paths abound and you’re welcome to borrow a bike. Historic towns are in easy reach and the closest beach is 25 minutes’ away; the islands of Oléron and Ré are just 15 minutes further.