Arrive through gates and up a shingle drive, which meanders around to the main entrance of this old stone, blue-shuttered farmhouse. Single-storey and surrounded by gardens, there’s stacks of space: lie on loungers by the pool while the children burn off steam; bask in the views over orchards and fields of sunflowers. Sip a glass of wine on the gorgeous vine-covered terrace as the sun goes down, then gather around the dinner table in the vaulted-ceilinged salle. The kitchen is well equipped, there’s a den with toys, and a snug with sofas and a wood-burner for cosy evenings. Rooms are neutral, with white walls and splashes of colour, floors are tiled and refreshingly cool under foot. Bedrooms are fresh and welcoming with new linen and towels; from the double there are doors opening onto the terrace, and all have views northeast over the gardens; none are en suite, but there’s a smart bathroom, a shower room, and a separate loo. Visit bastide towns, farmers’ markets, Pirate Land for the young ones. St Emilion and Bordeaux are just over an hour away. It’s less than a mile to a shop and restaurants are 10-15 minutes’ drive.