Meals are ‘en famille’ – four courses and delicious – and breakfasts include homemade muffins. Donna and Chris are great hosts, love to cook, and know the best secret places to visit. This fabulous house, a woad mill many centuries ago, has big windows to pull in the light and views that sail across rolling fields to the Pyrenees. Boutique bedrooms feed off a shared guest space (dining table, sofas, log-burner, books) which opens to the garden and landscaped pool. Cycle along the Canal du Midi, visit the bastide town of St Felix, and return to cool colours, sophisticated bathrooms, luxurious beds, and a choice of pillows!