This hamlet of six houses in a green farming valley is home to Richard’s tiny shop of delicious preserves, and his three great-value gites. Maison Maurice and the Goat Shed are the smallest: charming, cosy, and heaped with special touches, from Italian showers to oyster knives.
Richard welcomes you with a bottle of something local and fresh eggs from ‘the girls’. Outside, a hot tub waits under a bamboo roof, the raised heated pool glistens under the sun, and deckchairs and benches are scattered about.
It may seem remote but civilisation lies minutes away. St Loup sur Thouet, 5km, is a jewel of a town, while Parthenay, 18km, has a sizeable market. Walking and cycling paths start from the gate – and Richard has bikes for all. Come back to enjoy his seasonal and homegrown four-course dinners – he’s a fantastic chef. Don’t miss the platters of charcuterie and cheese, as well as breakfasts of fresh pastries and homemade bread too.