Lost in the countryside is this 1700s mill, and the enchanting Gartempe meanders by. Lawns slope down to the river where rare birds bob and butterflies flit and all you hear is water and birdsong; it is the dreamiest setting. Close to the mill is the 1650s mill house where owners Geraldine and Paul live, and a beautifully renovated cottage for you, serene and charming. Enter an old-tiled hall with the salon/kitchen off it, a bathroom alongside, a bedroom up the steps. The kitchen is painted cream and duck egg blue, the furniture is elegant in grey and dusty pink, the soaps are handmade, the wet room is fabulous, and the loo is painted à la Toulouse-Lautrec – amazing! You will be greeted and looked after by Nicola and John. There are logs for the wood-burner, books, games and DVDs for wet days, a private pretty terrace for sunny ones. Nod off under the roses; canoe upriver to Jouhet for lunch. Chauvigny is historic and beautiful, Mortmorillon has books galore, and St Savin is three miles away, with a market and a World Heritage abbey.