It’s wonderfully quiet in this tiny hamlet, but only ten minutes by car to Cognac if you need shops or restaurants. The homely 250-year-old farmhouse, known as a ‘longère’ due to its shape, shows off its agricultural past: archways used to bring in hay and an opening where grapes were thrown in for pressing are now striking doors and windows. Olive green shutters, limestone walls and climbing roses add to the rustic charm. Gather by the old stone fireplace in the sitting room, or for meals in the open plan kitchen/dining room. From here spiral stairs lead to a mezzanine sleeping space, great for teenagers; three other bedrooms, one with its own en suite, have more privacy for grown-ups. Two shower rooms downstairs are good for rinsing off after a splash in the above ground pool in the garden. Pick figs, apples and plums in season – or raid the strawberry beds in return for some watering! Swing in the hammock, rustle up pizzas to cook in the wood-fired oven, or throw an impromptu BBQ. It’s a country paradise: families, walkers, cyclists and birdwatchers will love it. Fishing, châteaux and vineyards nearby.