You’ll feel nicely French spilling onto the terrace and pavement overlooking the lovely town square; or chatting to the barman who’s been making the drinks here for years. The renovated Art Deco dining room and pretty pool beside the river are charming spots to relax after a day exploring.
Bedrooms, named after famous racing car drivers, nod to the past. Come down to a continental spread for breakfast: boiled eggs, pastries and jam, cereals. Lunch and dinner are classic French bistro style: good value set lunches and evening meals eaten on the terrace or on formal, white tablecloths inside.
The châteaux of the Loire are an hour away; the dreamy valley has some fine historic buildings, including Le Lude with its glorious furniture and gardens. Vineyard tours in an eccentric pre-war bus can be arranged; bicycle trips or hot-air ballooning too.