Start the day feasting on melt-in-the-mouth croissants, fruity loaves, and homemade cakes and jams. This nobleman’s townhouse, tucked behind high gates in a tranquil garden, could not be more inviting.
Lori and Gavin live in one wing, and guests in the other. 17th-century windows pull in the light, and bedrooms are irreproachable, with plump quilts, great mattresses, and views over the garden. After exploring the chateaux of the Loire – lovely Giseux, privately run, is 30km – you can look forward to a generous, delicious, three-course meal, served on the terrace in summer.
Head for Le Mans, 45km, a charming cathedral town. Go walking in the Forêt de Chandelais, 30km. Or bask on the sands of the Lac de la Monnerie, and windsurf, swim and sail. It’s a beautiful spot, a half-hour drive; take a picnic and stay all day.