Lora and Rob have filled their light-drenched 200-year old home with curios, artwork and furniture collected on their travels and it all works magically. Bedrooms are large and bright and have antique furniture; bathrooms are brand spanking new, two have roll tops. You can breakfast in bed or in the garden underneath the shade of the walnut tree: smoothies, granola, local honey, bacon sarnies, delicious buttermilk pancakes, proper coffee…For dinner, two evenings a week dig into wood-fired pizza under the stars too. You’re slap bang in the middle of wine-tasting country: drive to lovely Sauternes in half an hour and St Emilion in 45 minutes. Discover lesser known appellations such as Côtes de Duras and Buzet or stay put and taste wines in Lora and Rob’s lovely own natural and organic wine cave. The steepled church in Lorette is a two-minute walk and for trips out sup champagne and oysters in Arcachon or hang out in trendy Bordeaux, an hour’s drive. Return for a dip in the pool, a massage or a session in the wood-fired hot tub. Bliss.