This traditional 18th-century Breton farmhouse has stacks of character and sits in rolling countryside, just minutes from fine beaches. Friendly, enthusiastic hosts decamped from London and give you snug bedrooms under the eaves and an open living space downstairs with lofty beams, huge fireplace, comfy sofas and a baby grand. Borrow bikes (excellent cycle routes) and kayaks and make for the glorious coastline; forage for oysters, take a ferry to tiny offshore islands. Nearby La Roche-Bernard has chic boutiques and eateries; local couple, Nicolas and Bridgette, can organise dance, drama and wellbeing activities. There’s a relaxing garden tended to by live-in horticulturalist, Aude, a small above ground pool – and dinner for groups can be arranged too.