Floor-to-ceiling windows in the main bedroom and a full Touraine view: the restoration is excellent, the setting a balm. In two grassed acres with orchards, close to unrestored farm buildings full of charm, the 15th-century Dépendance has an irresistible appeal for those who love ‘la belle France’. Its spacious two storeys have been charmingly furnished with country antiques and the best of brand new: warm red sofas in the salon, beechwood table and chairs in the dining room, an oak bed upstairs. The walls are pale exposed stone or fresh white plaster with natural wood beams, the kitchen is delightful and there’s new oak for the stairs. L-shaped bedrooms, a wood-burner (logs provided) and original floor tiles add character. You have a terrace for barbecues under the stars, the orchard’s peaches, plums and pears to pluck, honey, goat’s and ewe’s cheeses produced down the road. Stroll into 11th-century Montrésor for delectable bread and pâtisseries, visit Loches for its twice-weekly market. There’s a fabulous pool just for you, a lake at Chemillé, and concerts, châteaux and wines to discover.