In September we paid our third visit to the historic and welcoming Château du Fraisse. Our host and hostess, Count and Countess des Monstiers de Mérinville, always come out to greet us with such warmth and graciousness as we drive up to the château. This year was no exception, and we once again found ourselves welcomed like old friends who have come for a visit. We had a lovely room looking out over the vast estate where we could see a small herd of cattle in the distance that the Countess said will soon be certified 'organic'. The family is also in the process of developing a large organic garden in greenhouses. We enjoyed walking around the château grounds, crossing the spring-fed stream by a little bridge, and taking in the peace and quiet of the countryside. Breakfasts at the château were copious with croissants, bread, cereal, yogurt, fruit, juice and coffee or tea. As another reviewer mentioned, the dining room is elegant, and sunlight streamed in through the large windows as we had breakfast with another guest. The château does not offer dinner, but we had a superb meal at a restaurant in nearby Mortemart that is open all year with the exception of February. Mortemart is a pretty village and one of France's Plus Beaux Villages. Château du Fraisse has been in the same family since the early 1400s, and we are always warmly received and treated to a very interesting experience steeped in history. The Count was happy to speak with us about the château, its origins and the remarkable things that have taken place there over the centuries, including its having been set on fire by the Black Prince. There is a lot of information about the château on http://www.au-chateau.com/Fraisse.htm. The Count and Countess are two very special people to us, and we enjoy this château and the region immensely. We know we will return again.