There is a Renoir-like majesty here: acres of orchard and private parkland, and a 1750s manor house with a separate wing for guests. Peter and Carolyn, charming, funny, erudite and utterly English, love this rural spot. Inside your one-storey gite, floors are tiled and walls plastered, there are pretty paintings and French antiques, and fabrics softly striped or checked. You enter from the garden side through one or other of the bedrooms. The kitchen is neat and cool with turquoise tiles, there’s a day bed to lounge on and gentle sunlight filters into the courtyard. Living next to your hosts you can share their space including the pool, providing blissful refuge from the sun. With a well-equipped artist’s studio on site, this would be a brilliant retreat for creative types, and in any season. Wander the orchard or roam beyond – there are five acres of parkland here, and markets, churches and châteaux beyond. It is cosy, pretty, and quintessentially French.Read more about Manoir La Gozinière on our blog.