Traditional and contemporary styles have been happily blended in this blue-shuttered Maison de Maître and adjoining converted outbuildings. In July and August both Maison Pyron and Le Grenier are rented together to one group of 12 with exclusive use of the pool. From September to June Le Grenier and Le Four can be rented separately with shared use of the pool. Fine furniture and objets d’art are much in evidence (Derek restores antiques), set off by original tile and wooden floors, exposed beams and a good scattering of rugs. Kitchens are well quipped for rustling up meals; living spaces range from roomy to snug, including a couple of wood-burners in the main house; bedrooms are sunny and fresh. Find board games, hammocks, the solar-heated pool and a poolside barn with table tennis and darts. With five acres of grounds to explore, it’s a children’s paradise. Canoeing, canyoning and the charming La Rhune railway into the Pyrenees are all within reach, there are festivals galore in the summer, food and night markets to be savoured, and plenty of restaurants and shops to discover within five minutes’ drive.