This lovely old townhouse was probably built to entertain visiting generals as it is close to the old cavalry school Saumur was once famous for. You enter from the street and climb several huge stone steps for the entrance hall – you would not be surprised to find a valet waiting for you. Interiors are elegant, warm and very much in keeping with the fin de siècle style. You’ll feel rather grand in the bedrooms, particularly the master Bourgueil with its antique bed and private terrace.
Beside the smart dining room is the gleaming kitchen which serious cooks will approve of. Find plenty of space for preparation, a big oven and hob and doors to the courtyard for al fresco dining on balmy days. You are left a welcoming bottle of wine, and a hamper with local produce including biscuits and chocolate.
Wander next door to a Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Gambetta, or just a bit further for rue St Nicolas for a choice of eateries.