Everyone falls in love with the village of Le Bois, its beaches, its dunes and its market. And you’ll love this immaculate cottage in the oldest quarter of the village – just a short walk to the high street shops. Once part of an old farm, it’s a 1900s cottage that’s been beautifully converted by owners Peggy and Steve, combining French country chic with understated charm. You enter an open-plan living space: new stone floor, beams painted pale grey, two elegant sofas, a simple stone fireplace. There are books, games and every latest thing, from iPod dock and digital TV to a tip-top bath, a deluge shower, a blender, dishwasher and Nespresso machine. On warm days you can spill into the little courtyard, fire up the barbecue, loll on striped sofas. The owners have thought of everything. Cycle your hearts out – through vineyards, past oyster beds, to beaches. Sail, surf and kitesurf (teens love). Drop into stylish Saint Martin for evening ice creams, get to know the bistros in the village. Then back to bedrooms that spoil: muted and silvery tones, luminous furniture, rich fabrics, seagrass under foot.