An 18th-century townhouse run with love and pride by Breton Aline and London-Scot Andrew. Their home has a friendly feel; the sitting room has grand piano, parquet and books, elegant bedrooms have good beds. They know western Loire well – it’s part of the old kingdom of Brittany and steeped in Celtic history. Continental breakfast is delicious: organic coffee, homemade jams and cakes, artisan bread and viennoiseries. The Loire à Vélo route is on the doorstep, Nantes is nearby; discover the vineyards of Muscadet and Coteau d’Ancenis, and relax with a glass of wine in the pretty tiered garden on your return – Andrew might entertain you with his bagpipes!