With marble chimneys, four-poster beds and antique wood panelling on the inside, and a keep, towers, a medieval Italian garden, a wooded park over fifteen hectares with a pond and the ruins of an old mill and washhouse on the outside – the Château de La Flocelière (quite literally ‘the flower of the sky’) ticks all the boxes. Classified as a Historic Monument, it is one of the few chateaus in France that has been continuously occupied for nearly ten centuries and whose history and lineage has been recorded since 1090. Both striking and enchanting, the estate offers no less than three types of lodging to its guests – these range from holiday rentals and gites to a classic bed and breakfast. Weddings, receptions and photoshoots can also be held here. Whatever the arrangements, the opportunity to relive a piece of French history is the guaranteed icing on the cake at this elegant family home. The magnificent preservation of this history stretches beyond the table d'hôtes and the edges of the swimming pool, to the Puy du Fou, an amusement park nearby which has been ranked the best in the world.