This is great for families – no need to bring all the gear, it’s here to borrow. Along with animals to pet, eggs to collect, table tennis and bikes, there’s a shaded pétanque court and a beautiful, shared limestone pool to splash in too.
With three gîtes on site you will see and hear other guests but you each has their own lawned garden with teak loungers, fig trees and herbs. Two cottages interconnect if you rent both; all have original honey-coloured stone walls, oak beams, natural colours and fabrics. Bedrooms are simple and elegant.
With its sunflower fields, pale stone walls and carthorses, the village of Mandegault is a reminder of how rural France used to be. Cycle along well-marked trails to tiny hamlets, drive to Chef-Boutonne (3 km) for its bustling food market and château; sip Pineau des Charentes alongside locals in a café on the town square. Sit down with Alison and Francis on Sunday evenings for local wine and dinner, made from scratch with home-grown produce.