Catherine and Regis’ infectious joie de vivre – and boating in particular – is a real tonic. Widely travelled, they love to share their chosen region and cheerful, modern home. It’s full of colour and maritime references; in a quiet hamlet 4k from the bustle of La Trinité-sur-Mer. The first-floor guest area a simple, spacious, jaunty retreat. Régis can skipper you aboard his 2-masted ketch, to explore the lovely Golfe de Morbihan. Good French breakfasts have the added bonus of freshly baked bread and galettes de blé noir, home-laid eggs and a view of the south-facing garden; fields and woods beyond. Very easy and friendly.