Rob left a demanding job 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: antique mirrors, books, oversize table lamps, and the kitchen is sleek, sociable and well-equipped – early evening apéritifs will be thankful for the ice dispenser and wine fridge. Ask Rob 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 waterside restaurants! Gentle hosts, serene surroundings.