In a small Alsatian village is an 18th-century house surrounded by an exquisite garden. Gravel paths wander past bird-filled trees and charming benches, clipped shrubs and secret corners. Pierrette and Jean-Luc, warm, friendly and fluent in several languages, have set aside a barn with four first-floor bedrooms – immaculate, spacious and overlooking the garden. Wake to homemade patisseries and jams, served all morning at rustic tables. Cycle your way through Alsace’s vineyards, hop on a ferry and cross the Rhine, or come as a group and take the barn over; there’s a cosy sitting room and kitchen downstairs.