A private woodland road and a wisteria-clad bridge lead you to this magical château. Originally built as a link fortress during the Hundred Years’ War, it’s a warm, unpretentious home with a contemporary feel that’s been in Jennifer’s family for many years. She lives in the Coach House and will be there to meet you but is otherwise out of sight unless you need her.Bedrooms are on the ground and first floors, there’s a lounge, music room and library, and a stunning open-plan loft space. Watch films on the home cinema, play pool, read. The big sociable kitchen has an Aga (and conventional cooker too) plus all the basics for cooking and a cake waiting for you. Shops are a 15-minute drive – you’ll find traditional markets open on various days of the week for inspirational seasonal and local produce.There’s also a games room, a gym, a saltwater pool and 23 acres of grounds to explore with red squirrels, masses of birds, a herb garden, orchard, running water… Head out for walks, cycle rides, castles and abbeys; you’re only an hour from the coast. Return for a sundowner on the terrace and relish the peace.