Tucked into picturesque wine country between the charming towns of Bordeaux and Cognac, this Renaissance-style castle resides on the site of an ancient medieval fortress. Completely rebuilt in 1813, it has been refurbished and adorned with sumptuous fabrics, elegant antiques and crystal chandeliers. The 22 guest rooms and suites feature such treasures as canopy beds, while the eight-hectare grounds offer a picturesque outdoor pool, two tennis courts and landscaped gardens. An earth-friendly attitude ranges from the use of organic products in wellness center treatments to a focus on local produce in the market-inspired restaurant — delicacies include Gironde estuary caviar and Mirambeau honey. Among the area's highlights are Cognac and wine tastings. The chateau is open seasonally, from April to October.