The focus in this gracious Berry farmhouse is on life’s pleasures: the great outdoors, peace and relaxation, good wine, cheese, a daily fresh bread delivery from friendly Madame Herelle. Leave the world behind as you sweep through woodland to the estate’s grand entrance, and burst into sprawling grounds with panoramas over the valley. Architect-restored with top quality everything, the farmhouse is split into three gîtes, one with an accessible ground-floor bedroom. The style is sophisticated and open-plan, the quality flawless: smooth white paint, bucket chairs, flowing curtains in lime green, orange or mustard, a nod to farmhouse style in big stone fires, wooden stairs and tables. State-of-the-art kitchens gleam with polished steel; bathrooms do likewise with impeccable tiles; light dances on mirrors and paintings. Relax. You can barbecue in a private garden area or join other guests in the library or at the ping-pong table. And if the Loire’s walking trails are not exercise enough, there’s an indoor pool, small gym and sauna (by arrangement) in what was once the creamery. Top value for a special stay.