The small château with its pretty faded shutters is now inhabited by the Josses. They have neatened the lawns but the swagged roses remain, as do the previous owners’ beautiful artistic interiors. A strong red on the walls is a bold statement of welcome in the salon where breakfast is served, modern furniture rubs shoulders with brocante finds, bookshelves burst with books and art. The late 18th-century staircase clambers up to soft-hued bedrooms above, their swathes of ruched silk clasped by tassels, their beds delicious with hand-painted headboards and luxurious covers; spotless bathrooms squeeze ingeniously behind rafters. Outside: masses of park and woodland for children to roam, fields for ponies, a small terrace overlooking the paddock and, should you choose to self-cater, a simple gîte in one of the courtyard’s barns. A light supper is available at separate tables: a platter of smoked salmon, a hot gratin – ideal for the first night. This is a land of legends: King Arthur’s Brocéliande forest is within easy reach… as are the Emerald coast, the gulf of Morbihan, Dinard and St Malo.