Rebecca and Michel run a charming B&B in the family resort of Montgenèvre, just 1km from Italy. Homemade breads, honey from their bees and croissants from the bakery are eaten round a communal table which has stunning mountain views. Dinner is served here too – regional French dishes with a twist. You can ski all day on the pistes (starting from the garden), nip over to Italy, visit the weekday market, cycle in summer. Return to an honesty bar, a very welcoming living room with a beautiful fireplace, TV and billiards in a separate room, indoor and outdoor hot tubs for weary limbs, very comfortable bedrooms with balconies.