There’s airy grandeur in this former hunting lodge, where tall windows let light flood in and Juliette balconies add romance. For a grown-up house party there are guest sitting rooms for gatherings and 12 acres of grounds to roam. Ask for a picnic, find a peaceful spot by a lake and borrow a blanket for a shady siesta.
The pool, tennis and fishing are right here and you can eat or shop in local market towns. The Marais Poitevin regional park is a green and watery wonderland of small canals and marshes ripe for exploring by punt, bike or on foot.
For harbours and beaches, La Rochelle and the Ile de Ré are half an hour’s drive; exceptional 12th century churches and the ruined abbey of Maillezais are on hand too.