We stayed overnight at Chateau de la Vigne in early October 2014, and it greatly exceeded our expectations. It is located in a lovely, tranquil part of the French countryside. Owners Anne and Bruno Fayet de la Tour, whose family has lived in this beautiful castle since the first stone was laid in the XVth century, greeted us on arrival in the courtyard. After showing us to the spacious Troubador room (our choice), they invited us to peruse the beautifully organized collection of miniature vehicles in one of the towers - everything from Ferraris to Tintin was there - while Madame saw to dinner (dinner and breakfast are optional). At the agreed time, we enjoyed aperitifs and lively conversation with them in front of a huge fireplace before sitting down to a tasty five-course meal served on the family china and silver, and a bottle of St. Emilion produced by a de la Tour cousin. There were other wines on offer, but the connection was irresistible as we had already learned a lot about the family and its history. (On leaving the next morning we discovered that dinner for two with wine cost 85 euros, in our opinion a real bargain.) We slept like royalty in the very comfortable four-poster bed, and awoke to the sun coming through our stained glass windows. After breakfast, and in spite of a bad case of laryngitis, Madame gave us an enthusiastic tour of the family's living quarters, complete with Aubusson tapestries, ancestral portraits, a huge armoire filled with a Minton service for 50, and a close look at how French décor evolved through several periods. The highlight was a partly-complete restoration of XVth c. frescos covering the walls of the tower room where the seigneur dispensed justice long ago. Monsieur is now researching which grape variety might have given the chateau its name originally, and has started a small vineyard on the grounds. Visiting Chateau de la Vigne is a wonderfully personal opportunity for a bit of time-travel, an experience of castle life with a venerable French family that is genuinely authentic. Like roseig01, we loved it.