Enjoy a housekeeper or go it alone (the kitchen is modern) in this 20-acre estate of pastures, mature trees, private chapel, dovecote and majestic 18th-century château. An imposing gate of railings takes you to the front door, a marble-clad hall with sweeping wooden staircase and fine wrought-iron bannister. Inside is surprisingly relaxed and unstuffy with lots of reception rooms decorated in old-fashioned manner: try the library (stuffed with books), the circular morning room with original wall paintings, the music room, a red-walled billiard room; fireplaces are in working order and there’s a clutter of family photographs, pictures and books. Five bedrooms on the first floor share three bathrooms and have lovely views over parkland to the woods, ornate fireplaces, motif wallpaper with urns, ribbons and songbirds – minimalists beware! A further eight rooms on the second floor (some smaller) share another two bathrooms and have sloping ceilings and Toile de Jouy in pinks, reds and greens. Explore the garden with outdoor swimming pool and tennis court, venture out for shopping or beaches.