Simplicity, character and a genuine welcome make La Louisière special. Madame, natural and unpretentious, is a great hostess and knows lots about the local area. The traditional bedrooms have well-chosen colour schemes and neat-as-a-pin bathrooms; touches of fun, too. Surrounded by chestnut trees, the farmhouse backs onto the gardens of the château and is wonderfully quiet; beautiful Ronsard roses climb up the walls of the cart shed and there are eggs to collect from Madame’s hens. Tennis nearby, bikes, tractors, horses and an old-fashioned playground – it’s bliss for children and a fuss free atmosphere for parents.