The château sits proudly on a rise in the peaceful countryside of the Mauges. History-buffs Sabine and Thierry give you generous breakfasts in the medieval panelled dining room, with homemade jams, fresh fruit and bread hot from the oven.
Walkers will head for France’s best historical theme park, Le Puy du Fou only half an hour away, and for garden lovers the oriental park at nearby Maulevrier is unmissable. Bedrooms are roomy and comfortable with traditional antiques, pretty fabrics and views stretching across the moat and over the unspoilt countryside.
Take a dip in the pool, sit and admire the view with a glass of local wine or chat to the owners about the local history. There are good restaurants just minutes away by car.