This 500-year-old farmstead has had a top-to-bottom makeover by a local craftsman – exposed walls, a chunky staircase, plenty of space to gather. It’s a house of two halves: one end charming and cottagey with climbing vines and roses, the other a modern, wood-clad extension, a deck for evening drinks.
The approach is glorious: through gentle country, to a sleepy hamlet surrounded by orchards and pastures. There are books and board games for rainy days, basics in the kitchen and a vast lawn with scattered trees and swings. Fire up the barbecue for evenings under wide, star-strewn skies.
It’s quiet here: a five-minute stroll will take you to an abandoned railway line, now a lovely walking route. Stock up in fine market towns, drive an hour to Loire châteaux, less to Sunday morning brocantes and medieval festivals.