This country spot is what you’d call remote but not isolated: a scattering of houses, a bakery to walk to, and the glory of the Crozon peninsula a 20-minute drive. Whether you’re with friends or family, this is one sweet retreat from which to explore Brittany. Kervihan is a former merchant’s house, sturdily built with stone walls and slate-topped sills, and magnificent sand-blasted timbers that dominate the upstairs living space. At one end are two crisp sofas by the wood-burner; at the other, a beautiful snug kitchen; and between the two, a dining table in chatting reach of the cooking space. What’s more, on warm days you can spill onto a decked balcony and eat in the sun. Clean lines, neutral colours, warm materials, a sense of space… this is no holiday-let filled with make-do. On the contrary, it feels like home the moment you arrive. The garden furniture is set out and ready, the wine’s on the table, the barbecue’s in place. There are three patios downstairs as each bedroom has one; bathrooms are white, stylish, and inviting, and the master room has its bathtub next to the bed (extremely à la mode!).