Soak up the Charente’s deep blue skies and clean air from these well-designed cottages set in rolling vineyards: this is the land of Grande Champagne Cognac. The 18th-century farm buildings hug a spacious courtyard where friendly owner Sally, with step-daughter Katie and partner Edgar, also runs a successful B&B. Interiors are comfortable, with open fires for chilly nights and private outdoor spaces for long lazy lunches and dinners. Pamper yourselves in gorgeous bathrooms, sleep like logs in bedrooms with snowy linen and white painted furniture or good antiques, hunker down with a book in light, bright living rooms, whip up a storm in well-equipped modern kitchens. Children will be happy with playrooms and toys and games. Wander at will through the beautiful park with a river beyond, take a stroll in the shared walled garden, cool off in the gated saltwater pool – why not take all cottages and bring the whole family or a party of friends? If cooking palls meals can be provided – Edgar is a trained chef. Want to go out? Babysitting can be sorted too. Nip down to the coast or Angouleme for the TGV to Paris.