Guests have the run of upstairs, where two airy rooms for couples have homely touches and low beams. One is en-suite, the other with a private bathroom adjacent. They share an open plan space with games and home cinema, a gift for a rainy day. Eat breakfast on the terrace above the flowery garden, or cosily in the family kitchen. The pigeonnier next to the house is a beauty, walking tracks lead to nearby villages and Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, full of alleyways and arty workshops, is delightful. Take time to chat with your music aficionado hosts Alex and Joy; they have dogs, cats and chickens too – it’s informal and fun.