Natural stone floors, high beamed ceilings and neutral colours give a contemporary, airy feel to the house. The living and dining area is roomy with a comfortable sofa and an old stone fireplace with a wood-burner for chilly evenings. A rectangular kitchen is well equipped (even with oyster knives, as this is Atlantic island oyster territory) and leads out to a pocket-sized courtyard. It’s peaceful here for a morning cup of tea or evening apéros.
Step out to excellent restaurants, a fine 15th-century château open as a modern arts museum with rooftop dining and superb antique shops. Once a month there’s a fabulous flea market too. Montsoreau is at the very heart of the UNESCO heritage site and everywhere you go you’ll find a fine building, a vineyard and a pretty town or hamlet to discover.
Bedrooms have parquet floors, interesting art and good cotton sheets, bathrooms are small but perfectly formed with walk-in showers.