Along with the neighbouring farmhouse, this fine 18th-century Charentais house is a treasure chest of antiques and objets, carefully put together by owner Marian. The front doors were recycled from a local château, there’s a lovely pine armoire from a priest’s house in Bordeaux and, in the kitchen/dining room, black and white crockery and chandeliers from Nantes. Marian’s skill is that she creates interiors that are simple and uncluttered, and lets the architecture speak for itself. Rooms, large, airy and filled with light, have pure white walls and aged terracotta tiles. French windows lead from the kitchen to the big walled terrace, perfect for sunny breakfasts, and a private garden with a raised pool beyond. There’s a triple bedroom upstairs, and two doubles down, spacious and cool in the pressoir where the grapes were pressed to make pineau de Charentes, an aperitif for which the area is famous. Colours are muted pinks and fawns, beds are brass and views are of the garden. Beautiful, serene and worth every penny.