There may be badgers and wild boar on the moors but civilisation is a five-minute drive – and you breakfast when you want to in a courtyard trilled by birds. Julie offers ‘painting with picnics’ and Jez concocts delicious vegetarian dishes for your supper (take these ‘en famille’ or in private by the summerhouse). This is an enchanting Breton cottage with French windows pouring light into a snug ground-floor guest bedroom with a patchwork quilt and lace pillows, armchairs, barbecue and summerhouse kitchenette, and an outdoor deck with lavender and sweeping views – what better place for an aperitif! The village is delightful, the Abbey de Bon Repos is near. Flexible, and great value.