The former farm hunkers between tall walls and electric gates, thrown open for your arrival. Low windows peer over a beautifully maintained garden and one room has outdoor steps down to the terrace. Vines and trees envelop the house on all sides, with patios front and back for sundowners accompanied by wide, farmland views and a pool for cooling off.
You’ll be very well looked after by Françoise and Alain – she’s the chef, he plays sommelier. Sip an aperitif of pineau made from their own vines before four fabulous courses. Breakfast is served beside the swimming pool in summer, or on the big table in the dining room: pastries, breads, homemade jams, fromage blanc, eggs on request. Everything is organic, homegrown or very local.
The velvety pastures of Charentes spill out around you in a patchwork quilt, with the coast just 40 minutes away with the twin isles of Oléron and Ré to discover.