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 other buildings 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. Single-storey La Maison is big enough to sleep six in two doubles and a twin, and you can also take Le Logis if there are four more of you. Kitted out in country-boutique style, find an open-plan kitchen-diner and chic bathrooms (one with a rolltop tub) too. Outside, enjoy the secluded, sunny walled garden and the 10m x 5m pool. Head off for the sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast in under an hour’s drive; island hop between Ré and Oléron; explore the dreamy canals of the Marais Poitevin (35km).