What: A historic moat-surrounded Château, soaked in history dating as far back as 1217.

Where: Right in the centre of the Beaujolais vineyards, 28km from Lyon.

Why: With only 20 rooms and suites the Château de Bagnols is truly a fairytale palace. Wander about the beautifully restored salons and take in the vast art and antique collections, perfectly befitting the medieval atmosphere. Large four-poster beds draped with luxurious velvet hangings await, as do the lavish bathtubs designed for absolute relaxation. Reconstructed to look like they did in the 18th century, the gardens provide enchanting walks around the vast grounds. Quench your thirst by sampling the fine Beaujolais wines from throughout the region from its magnificent cellar.