Overlooking vines once worked by the blacksmith’s horse is an unforgettable house. Carol fell in love with France many years ago, then married a Frenchman, Bruno. Since then they have been serving breakfasts under the cherry trees (home honey, eggs, bread, fruits, jams). The place is resplendent with modern art, family antiques, fresh flowers. Tables are laden with books, sofas demand you unwind, beds have vintage linen and the bunk bedroom is a child’s dream. Do visit their farm: hens, meadows, paths, cookery classes in a 14th-century water mill. They’ll also give you a free pass to a private turquoise blue lake for swimming.