It’s not often you can pretend to be medieval royalty but ascending the fabulous spiral staircase to your turret bedroom presents the ideal opportunity! Overlooking glorious Loire countryside, this petite château dates back to the fifteenth-century. Panelled-walls, a moat and parquet floors create historical atmosphere but charming owners, Jean-Christophe and Raymond-Pierre, have ensured that modern comfort co-exists. Antique beds are dressed in fine linen; cosy leather armchairs surround the fireplace and there’s a pool shaded by ancient walls. Breakfast like a king on pastries, milk from the local Jersey herd and honey from the château’s hives.