A sturdy Breton farmhouse from the outside but a very cool ‘pad’ inside – this will suit those who like a bit of chic with their French countryside. The building’s stone walls and beams have been exposed to create airy spaces, skilfully combined with a luxurious minimalism. The vast salon centres around a huge stone fireplace at one end and a solid dining table at the other. Furnishings are modern, colours sober but enriched with splashes of bright artwork and bold lamps, and there’s toasty underfloor heating. A sleek ultra-modern kitchen will encourage even the laziest cook to rustle up long French suppers. Bedrooms (one downstairs), with dark wooden floors, white walls and high pitched ceilings, are stylishly uncluttered with vibrant Japanese wall-hangings or the owner’s art adding texture and warmth. Spacious, well-lit bathrooms are boutique-hotel-smart. Surrounded by views to open fields, cheery hamlets – the local fromagerie and boulangerie, a five-minute stroll – and a 10-minute drive to sandy beaches, hidden coves and a coastal nature reserve, this is Brittany countryside-living with style.