Two lovely conversions – one, a former tobacco farmhouse; two, a boulangerie – brilliant for one big party or rented separately. They share six acres of grounds and a superb heated saltwater pool, with a metre-deep shallow end and a safety step all round; the whole set-up is perfect for families. Enter the Bread Oven, a big lofty open-plan living space, plus two bedrooms down some stairs. Enter the farmhouse to find a huge room divided by a staircase; to the left, the sitting room, to the right, the kitchen; two double bedrooms lie to the rear of the house, stunning old floor boards intact. Upstairs is child heaven: three twin rooms and a vast sitting room cum play space. Each house is comfortable, homely, inviting, with a wood-burning stove and rugs on heated floors, a super-duper kitchen and art on cream stone walls. Look forward to shady private terraces, pretty pergolas, sunbeds galore, and a welcome pack to ensure you don’t starve. For watery pursuits the Lot is a 15-minute drive, there are wonderful bastide towns to explore and, best of all, little Tombeboeuf two miles up the road – with shops, restaurant and nine-hole golf course!