You’re in the sticks here, surrounded by deer, boar and birds, with log fires to warm in winter and wine tasting tours on hot summer days. Stop off on the drive south to spend a few days among Madeleine’s mannequins and china dolls; just you and the huddle of Viking sheep and the Norwegian forest cats. Climb up a winding wooden staircase to the second floor for your suite with Gustavian furniture and French market finds. A Scandi palette of serene greys and white is a soothing backdrop to your little nook and the bath has field views. Breakfast is taken outside on the terrace in the freshest air – local croissants, homemade jam, cheeses and meat. Take a stroll around the greenest of gardens with ancient trees, cycle for miles along the quietest roads, find your own bargains in the brocante markets of Charente.