Rob and Jason left demanding jobs to turn this graceful 19th-century merchant’s house into an elegant, relaxed home. Stone stairs curve to two floors of bedrooms, soft with silvery colours, chandeliers and chic bathrooms. Balconies with French windows look over the town or gardens of the nearby château. Painted in the subtle hues of Farrow & Ball and beautifully beamed, the open-plan living space is coolly stylish with antique mirrors, books and oversize table lamps.
The kitchen is sleek, sociable and well-equipped for self-caterers, or B&B guests get breakfasts of fruit, breads, cheese and eggs on request. Ask about day trips; explore harbours and beaches. If you stay for a week you’ll even be invited on their speedboat – perhaps topped off with a visit to one of their favourite restaurants. Gentle hosts, serene surroundings, a communal apéritif on some days.
Visit pop-up beach cafés, oyster bars, wander to the town square.