A tranquil place that feels as old as the hills. The mill workers who worked opposite lived in this house; ask Danie to show you the old Azay flour sacks. Your charming young hosts run a B&B in the medieval mill house but gîte guests have their own patio, barbecue and cottage garden (colourful flowers, immaculate lawn) so there’s privacy and peace. The dining/sitting room is pleasingly decorated with a mix of modern and antique country pieces, the stone fireplace is stacked with logs for low-season stays. Bedrooms are similarly uncluttered, white walls sport friezes and the kitchen has every mod con. All is spotless, everything matches – Danie is a stickler for detail – and baguettes are delivered for breakfast. There’s masses to do right here, from pétanque to ping-pong to fishing (tackle supplied) and gardens to enjoy, their trickling waterways and the lake dotted with ornamental ducks. Don’t miss the weekly markets in Azay and Loches and, when you’ve had enough of cooking, there’s a choice of auberges and traditional restaurants nearby.