The Black Prince incarcerated John the Good here in 1356 and it was rebuilt in the 17th century by the Marquis of Carabas, whose magnificence inspired the fairy-tale author Perrault to write Puss in Boots. Charles-Henri visited the château on Christmas Eve 1990, fell in love with it – and bought it ten days later. Saint Loup is a listed monument open to the public and its restoration is a gigantic task. Using 18th-century plans, the comte is also working on the 50 hectares of grounds and kitchen garden. Seven rooms are in the Keep, splendidly medieval, with carved panelling and furniture, four-poster beds, ancient beams and stone fireplaces (not used). All have big bathrooms, some with free-standing baths and one in the guard room, lit by arrow slits overlooking the moat. New doors are made of solid oak with massive locks and keys… a romantic’s dream (and a housemaid’s nightmare!). Enjoy apéritifs in the walled garden or the orangery across the moat, before finding a restaurant in the village. A jewel of a château, a happy and authentic home.