Close to a village in the heart of cognac country, beside a sleepy road, is a big old farmhouse with simple limewashed walls and a French country décor. Warm enthusiastic Virginie has an interiors boutique in town, and Philippe is a cabinet-maker. Guests have their own entrance and breakfast/living room, and use of the summer kitchen too – make yourselves at home! Bedrooms, both with lovely garden views, are big and fresh and catch the morning or evening sun. There’s a lush pool surrounded by velvet greenery, and a covered terrace for simple summer breakfasts. Great value.