In a small hamlet of stone fisherman’s cottages, just a pebble throw from the sea, find a beautiful maison de maître and a typical Breton Longere dating from 1836. Both have been restored impeccably, retaining character and architectural features while injecting a twist of modernity. Find good antiques, roaring wood-burner or open fire (logs provided), thick stone walls covered in natural lime plaster, crisp white cotton on thick mattresses, large windows to let the light flood in, and perfect bathrooms. Colours are natural and calming, modern sofas blend with antique bergère armchairs on quarry-tiled floors, kitchens are sleek, state of the art affairs that will delight even the fussiest of cooks. It’s a peaceful spot yet you are close to plenty of restaurants and shops; there’s a private, pretty garden with each house, and the nearby sandy beaches are stunning. Stride the coastal path, visit an authentic fishing port; a trip to the medieval town of Quimper makes a great day out too. Wonderful for families, groups of friends and anybody needing flexible arrangements.