Traditional and contemporary styles have been happily blended in this blue-shuttered Maison de Maître and adjoining converted outbuildings. Fine furniture and objets d’art are much in evidence (Derek restores antiques), set off by original tile and wooden floors and a good scattering of rugs. In the granary, a touch of rural chic: white walls, red leather sofas and exposed beams; Le Four is the original bakehouse and a very cosy bolthole with use of the pool and gardens. Kitchens are thoughtfully equipped and work well for rustling up meals. Public spaces range from roomy to snug, including a couple of wood burners in the main house. Spacious bedrooms for eight and another four in the granary, a dresser stuffed with board games, solar-heated pool and a poolside barn with table tennis and darts. With five acres of grounds to explore, it’s a children’s paradise. Canoeing, canyoning and the charming La Rhune railway into the Pyrenees are all within reach, there are festivals galore in the summer, food and night markets to be savoured, and plenty of restaurants and shops to discover within five minutes’ drive.