Turn down the elegant avenue, drive past the fishing lake and park up in front of a rather imposing 18th-century château, your home for the night – but not quite, as the bedrooms are in an ochre-washed stable block just to the side. The views are lovely from here, with rooms accessed off a little courtyard or up a flight of outdoor staircases; the upstairs rooms are the homeliest with nooks and beds under the eaves.
Head across to the château for a thoroughly French breakfast of hams and cheeses served under a fresco of pastoral scenes, a reflection of the parkland outside the large windows. Explore the eclectic mix of formal gardens and established woods on foot and spy deer.
If you don’t want to go out you can ask for a supper tray and eat in your cosy bedroom, or picnic in the garden on warm evenings. Le Mans is just five minutes’ drive away – with flying buttresses, stained glass windows and pointy Gothic houses.