This elegant village retreat started life as a convent school for girls: today’s sunlit rooms were classrooms and dormitories. Rosalie and Malcolm have renovated in abundant style: original wooden floors, painted furniture, fluttering muslin at shuttered windows, charming antique finds. (One wonderful bed left France for Cairo in 1850, took a detour to Sussex and is now back home.) There’s a dreamy sense of country life: old floral linen cushions on a bedroom sofa, light bouncing off colour-washed walls, a chandelier rescued from a barn gracing the salon. The old well stands in the gorgeous three-level garden that leads you up to the woods, so you can chase the sun or retreat to the shade (and the hammock). The dining room and salon are cool and calm and there’s a hungry wood-burner in the beautifully fitted country kitchen. The medieval village is listed: a lovely collage of tiled roofs and mellow stone houses, it rests peacefully in a lush valley encircled by the river Vers. Rosalie’s warmth and artistry is reflected in every corner. Really special.