It matters not a jot if the children trail sand into the house or bounce beach balls in the bedroom. This pretty 1930s wooden seaside house, five minutes from the beach, is just perfect for families – take the whole place in July and August or the separate apartments are available for the rest of the year. It’s painted green and white and is wholly simple yet very inviting. Jane has bleached the floorboards and painted the smallish bedrooms attractive shades of blue and green. The furniture is 1930s – including the beds, with their firm new mattresses and dazzling white covers – and there are three small galley kitchens. The sitting room isn’t huge either; no matter, you’ll be spending every spare moment in the cane rocker on the gorgeous covered veranda. This stretches the length of the house and is decorated with floats from old fishing nets; a great place for lunch. The house has its own little garden and is in the centre of town, yet is surprisingly quiet and private considering its location. There are miles of Atlantic beaches, no shortage of bars and restaurants and a huge daily market in Montalivet. And the fabulous wines of Médoc are just a short drive away. Charming.