In season, Peyrenègre is a lovely place for families: bikes, swings, sandpit, games, hot tub and saltwater pool, heated April-October. Out of season, peacefulness prevails and it’s perfect for couples. There are three gites on this former cattle farm; corn and sunflower fields stretch in every direction and the nearest grocery store is in little St Barthélemy, 5km. Five years ago, Lucy and Andrew, who once worked with horses, bought their own 3.5 hectares in south west France, and enthusiastically introduced animals; visiting children will find there are chickens, ducks and guinea pigs to feed, horses and sheep to admire, and cats and dogs to cuddle. As for the gites – one in the old barn – each is comfortable and neat as a new pin, with a living space downstairs, a terrace outside, and steep stairs to bedrooms (one twin, one double) and bathroom above. Shutters and thick walls keep you cool in summer, wood-burning stoves keep you toasty in winter, and sofas turn into beds for extra littl’uns. Your young hosts ensure you have everything, from laundry to babysitters to pool-towels to umbrellas, and a box of their own seasonal produce.