Find peace on the edge of Carelles: one shop, and a baker that delivers daily. Your ivy-strewn cottage, resurrected from a barn, sits opposite the owners’ house on the other side of the lane surrounded by orchards and pastures. The owners, ex pats from Switzerland, friendly, down-to-earth and happily in France, moved in search of air and space, and usher you in. There’s a comfy sofa and a fireplace neatly repointed with a wood-burner; free WiFi, logs on the house, and a TV with satellite channels; the kitchen fits snugly into its corner; the French windows open to the garden; and the bedroom sports a deep mattress, a brass bed and a luxurious roll top tub with many splendored bubbles! All is warm, comfy and cosy, all is on one floor so you don’t need to be sprightly. On summery days, you have your own lovely, secluded, south-facing garden, with views, and a barbecue, and a gate in the picket fence opening into the orchard so you can laze in the hammock that’s strung from the trees. Borrow the bikes, book a horse, stroll to the local bar, visit medieval Fougères. Or spend the day on the Emerald Coast.