Deep in the glorious countryside of the Charente Maritime lie seven woody acres steeped in history and beauty. The owners’ early 18th-century château takes central stage, joined by others scattered about the grounds: a tower gatehouse, pigeonnier and stone orangerie all add to the charm. Owners Seb and Lucy swapped city-life for this much-loved domaine and have masterminded an immaculate restoration; now Le Logis (the gardien’s lodge) and La Maison (the farmhouse) shine. Both houses have cool kitchens, chic bathrooms, fine stone fireplaces, and each features some special highlight. Le Logis is an uplifting fusion of old and new with chunky beams and elegant windows upstairs and down and two terraces with the share of the formal gardens – stroll among the topiary! Single-storey La Maison is big enough to sleep six in country-boutique style and enjoys a secluded, sunny walled garden and a 10m x 5m pool. Head off for the dreamy canals of the Marais Poitevin, or La Rochelle, or the thrice-weekly market of Surgères, a 15-minute drive.