Claire and Philippe manage the impossible: their little hamlet feels miles from anywhere yet there’s masses going on. A campsite, heated pool, play areas, café/bar, animals to feed – among private patios and shady trees. Beyond lie woodland walks and countryside. The Granary is one of four gîtes – the first in a terrace of three in converted farm outbuildings – which are prettily grouped near the pool, close enough for the children to make friends but distant enough for privacy. Cosy, characterful and homely, with beams, exposed stonework and granite fireplaces, the open-plan living area has simple furniture, earthy coloured rugs on tiled floors, a companionable wood-burning stove, and new compact kitchen suitable for holiday meals. Whitewashed walls and pretty fabrics make the most of the small, slopey-ceiling bedrooms. The Yberts are charming, enterprising people and will steer you towards the many historic towns, castles, zoos, aquariums, markets and, of course, Emerald Coast beaches – all within a forty-minute drive. This place is about having fun, making friends and relaxing out of doors.