In six remote hectares of woodland with Pyrenean peaks beyond, a solid slate-roofed farmhouse. Enter the wide stone arch into a beautiful balcony-fringed, flagstoned courtyard: sip a cappuccino among ornamental acers, japonicas, box hedges as Virginia creeper winds its way over the walls. Inside, a patina of olives, pale greys and ecru provides a studied canvas for polished floors, white sofas, porcelain in bookcases, fine fittings and herbal prints. Lovely Chantale, at ease in six languages, helps with Jurançon wine routes, restaurants (a new one close by) and walks. If it’s all too cool, bask in the jacuzzi.