You stay in the very heart of the village of Sauternes, next door to the church in a smartly converted wine tasting building. The area is renowned for its sweet dessert wine – sit in the jasmine-covered courtyard sipping a cold glass and watch village life slip by.Pascale and Didier, your hosts, live a few hundred meters away in the vineyard. They settle you in, give you a set of keys, and each morning one of them pops over to prepare breakfast: pastries, crusty bread, cheese, fruit, ham and eggs. Eat in the dining room, or the courtyard on fine days. Walk to two vineyards – Chateau Guiraud (behind the house) and Chateau d’Yquem – or for lunch at one of the village restaurants (there are four). Hire bikes in the village; get in the car for trips to Bastide towns and chateau. Pascale and Didier can advise.