This classic stone farmhouse lies in a valley between rolling fields of sunflowers and vines, and although it feels peaceful and remote you’re only 10 minutes from Angoulême and half an hour from Cognac.
Davina, her son and friendly dog live here with their several horses. Guest spaces decked out in natural materials and muted shades are split into two buildings, one with a sitting room, dining room and kitchen. Simple breakfasts include locally-made grape juice, artisanal brioche and yogurt, viennoiseries, and fruit and homemade jams from the orchard or nearby organic farm shop.
There are 30 hectares of private grounds to explore or you can sit out in the garden with a book. A path leads through countryside to the village of Marsac, 3 km away, which has a lake with a beach, a snack bar and shaded river access. The house is also the perfect stop off en route to Bordeaux or further south.