A light-filled ‘maison de maître’, minutes from the mighty Gironde. Built in the 1870s, it lies on the edge of a very small village (church, bakery, one of the best restaurants in the area) surrounded by sunflowers and vines.
Immaculate rooms flow from one to the other, and the hallway is nothing if not grand. Bedroom suites on the first floor are huge, and the rooms under the eaves are charming. After a gourmet continental breakfast, in the garden if sunny, discover the many lovely Atlantic beaches nearby. Or the streets of Talmont-sur-Gironde, one of the prettiest estuary villages in France. Another must is a tour of the cognac houses, so start with riverside Hennessy’s – you’ll never think of cognac in the same way again.
Come home to a glass of the local famous Pineau under the pine trees, and swims in the big beautiful pool. Your lovely hosts offer table d’hôtes too: classic French dishes inspired by market fresh produce.