Architect Jean Drapeau built the château in 1727 and the décor captures the romance of that earlier age. Bedrooms lead off an oak-beamed corridor and range from the dramatic to the cosy and intimate. Antique armoires, ornate fireplaces and spotless bathrooms are yours, along with dreamy views of the large garden, also with a small vineyard.
Breakfasts are served at the large dining table with fresh bread and pastries from the local patisserie, fruits and a homemade cake. Flop by the pool, wander the garden, snuggle down into deep-seated sofas with a book from the library or try your hand at billiards – it’s all super relaxed and easy.
Saumur is a short jaunt up the river for magnificent châteaux, good little bistros, a Michelin-starred restaurant and fine river cruises. The local Loire wines, some of the finest in the world, are available for tasting everywhere.