This large 18th-century house, a former winery, comes with 20 acres of land, two wings (Marine and her parents in one, the guests in the other), and truly gorgeous views.
Stroll beneath umbrella pines and cedars, take breakfast on the lawns, bask by the pool. Dinners can be arranged: French, seasonal and served with an array of wonderful local wines. If you like to eat out, there’s a restaurant a 20-minute stroll, on the banks of the mighty Garonne.
Perched above vineyards is the enchanting small town of St Emilion (35km). Closer still is Bordeaux, wine capital of the world. Check out the impressive warehouse conversions that line the Garonne; take a tram to the quartier des Chartrons. The old heart of the old city bursts with restaurants, boutiques, galleries and the most exciting wine museum in the world, La Cité du Vin. For family adventures in a beautiful river and woodland setting, Au Fil du Ciron (35km) is a must.