A lovely, friendly house built in 1893 as a flour factory and renovated perfectly for you. Find a living room with a library and a piano, a dining room and a games room. Breakfast – at the big friendly table or out on the lawn – is a feast of fruits, breads, cakes, pastries, jams, and coddled eggs from the family’s hens; dinner (twice a week in high season) is lively! In summer the sun shines through large windows as dogs and children romp in the gardens, and you wind up the great walnut stair to bedrooms calm and serene. The outbuildings have become gîtes, the ‘Pinball Hall’ (with 35 machines from the 60s and 70s) hosts events, and the family live in the old mill. Stroll through the walled garden, let the children splash in the pool, doze in an antique deckchair; twice a day high tide means you can swim or sail then return to fresh seafood from local fishermen. Views are gentle, to canal and countryside beyond, while the nearby harbour, pretty with sailing boats, joins the port to the Gironde. Culture abounds with jazz nights and an outdoor film festival. This is a fascinating area… stay a while.