Soak up gracious touches of old rural France in this 15th-century château. Bedrooms exude romance and are festooned with antiques, religious statues and huge oils – from modest ‘Tour Carré’, reached from the terrace, to ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ overlooking the pretty courtyard. Fashion designer Anastasia has a keen eye, and velvet throws, soft quilts and big pillows abound. Breakfast in a sunny room on a long table, and dine on regional specialities, or try a plate of charcuterie and cheeses. Masses to do in the Loire Valley: weekly markets, famous châteaux, hot air ballooning; return for sundowners and barbecues in the summer kitchen.