The Newington family hotel is a haven of peace surrounded by fields and grazing cows. The basics at Le Fleuray are ideal: a solid, handsome old manor house with duck pond and barns, mature trees and bushes, swimming pool, hot tub, tennis, kid’s park and bikes – all that’s needed. Then there’s the country-house mood: lightly floral sofas into which you can sink, bookcases, prints and flowers. The rooms in the converted barns are just right for families; slightly cut off from the rest, they have French windows opening onto the garden so each has an individual patio. Those in the main building are a bit smaller but cosy and spotless, with queen-size beds. In summer, you can dine on the terrace. In winter, apéritifs are served in front of a log fire. A young French chef, who comes with quite a pedigree, produces a delicately inventive and well-presented cuisine; the restaurant is one of the most popular in the area. Expect a genuine welcome from family and staff – they know the best châteaux to visit and some lovely walks. Amboise is a short hop away.