Apples used to be pressed for cider and calvados in the medieval pressoir. Across the lawns, pretty with blossoming apple trees in the spring, is the farmhouse where the owners live; Madame is an excellent cook and more than happy to provide an evening meal from local and seasonal produce. Inside the Pressoir, much country charm: ceiling beams, tiled floors, soft colours, antiques and plenty of space. The lovely light living area is open plan, with a well equipped kitchen in the corner; French windows lead down a step to a walled suntrap patio with barbecue. Upstairs: new beds dressed in crisp white linen, a bathroom filled with soft towels. Books, toys, games – and central heating for winter cosiness. More open-plan living in the adjoining La Grange, with its lime-washed stone walls, new carpeting and harmonious colours. The whole place is brilliant for families: a superb games/art room with easels at the ready, a fenced pool, a stream to dam. Soak up the setting, paint a picture, stock up at the weekly market, cycle or canoe down the gorge, pick wild flowers in spring and your own salads from the potager.