It’s astounding to think just how many châteaux there are in one region of France and impossible to even contemplate tackling them all. All of them have their own charms but there is something distinctively enchanting about the privately owned ones. A favourite among these was the breathtaking Château d’Ussé otherwise known as Sleeping Beauty’s castle as Charles Perrault was inspired to write his famous fairytale after setting eyes on this château. You can climb the bell tower where Sleeping Beauty was kept for years for beautiful views of the manicured gardens flowing into the natural landscape of field after field of greenery. For some reason this château seems to escape the hordes of tourists so why don’t we just keep it between ourselves in the hope of keeping it that way?