Salute the sun as it rises over the vines; get cosy by the firepit as the sun goes down. This restored cognac distillery, built in 1881, has a remarkably green setting. Nothing disturbs the peace, only the hum of the crickets and the splash of the pool.
Settle into a restorative week of relaxation and calm. If you love yoga, ask for an instructor; they offer an open-air platform and a yoga barn. Book a massage in the spa, gather around the barbecue, shop and have fun in Jonzac. If you fancy a treat, book a chef; vegetarian food is the house speciality.
With its distilleries, modern museum and medieval heart, Cognac (35km) is a must… you can smell the golden nectar long before arrival. Return home for a lap in the pool, a seat under the trees, and a cycle ride through the vines.