Charente Maritime has over 40 chateaux; some are privately owned or rented out to give you a chance to get a taste of aristocratic life. There are also Charente Maritime chateaux that are open to the public offering a great day out for all the family. Chateau des Enigmes (also known as Chateau d'Usson) is a very popular choice with a Musketeer themed treasure trail to help you explore the chateau and grounds. Chateau Fort de Saint Jean d'Angle is less well known but also well worth a visit – the fortress is surrounded by a water-filled moat and lives up to the fairytale ideal of what a castle should be. There are medieval games in the grounds in high season and personal tours from the family who own the castle.