Groups of friends, families and couples will gently unwind here in Patrick and Colette’s generous spirited, fuss-free care. Good food and wine for grown-ups, roaring fires in winter, the offer of an early supper for children and no lists of pesky rules.There’s plenty of space for all, inside and out. Children can bound off to find the playground and jump in a lake while you laze beside the heated open-air pool. Breakfasts are sociable affairs with homemade jam and honey from their own bees, dinners of seasonal, home grown and local produce are candle-lit and outdoors as often as possible.Wild swimmers, walkers and wildlife lovers will adore discovering this pretty, lake-filled, part of France. Roam through woods spotting deer, wild boar and birds of prey or hop in the car to lovely St Leonard de Noblat 15 minutes away. It brims with medieval history and is on the Compostella route.