So many small details have gone into making this centuries-old property special. Sally and Tony (who you may meet) have created a rustic and romantic cottage with its own private courtyard garden – heaven to sit here in summer when the old stone walls are smothered in roses. Inside find an open plan sitting/dining room with colourful paintings by James Cockburn, a painted dresser filled with beautiful ceramics and plenty of comfortable seating so you can flop around the cosy wood-burner (logs provided). Cooks won’t be lonely in the well-equipped kitchen which has all the stuff you need and plenty of counter space. Bedrooms are pretty, simple, beamed; the shower room is upstairs and there’s a bathroom on the ground floor. Larger parties can spill over to the main house – equally rustic, but with its own wavy terracotta floor, airy bedrooms, a half-timbered dining room, big sitting room and two super ‘party’ rooms on the ground floor. There’s plenty of outdoor space here, with large gardens, benches and tables under tall trees, BBQ and fabulous pool. Wander to the village, or explore excellent Loire Valley châteaux and vineyards.