On the side of a hill, looking down the valley, this 19th-century farmhouse is surrounded by forests and wildflower meadows. Rural and indulging all at once, it is a place for de-stressing, with deeply comforting bedrooms, subtle and spicy colours, and the whole house filled with the smell of baking in the morning. The large sitting room has an open fireplace, an honesty bar and hundreds of books; step onto the patio and enjoy the heart-lifting views. A warm, polyglot couple, Margaret and Philippe will help you plan days of discovery. There are a great selection of restaurants less than 15 minutes away by car.