You’re just a few minutes from the A10, on the edge of a small village and surrounded by open fields on one side, tall bushy trees on the other. The house, built in 1850, is made of beautiful old white stone and has red shutters to add Gallic charm. Beatrice and Regis give you rather sleek modern bedrooms, a continental breakfast at separate tables and a kitchen with a wood-burner for rainy days. There’s a small lending library too. Sleep peacefully in the quiet then discover châteaux, museums, gardens, sporty stuff in spades, regional wines and farmers’ markets for foodies, all from this unfussy family home.