A privileged spot on the Charente riverside: historic, beautiful, serene. This light modern loft apartment crowns a converted mill, glass walls gleaming amid pale stone, a winch dangling from high white beams, neutral tones enhancing clean-lined furniture. Below is meeting and reception space, but all is quiet: thoughtful Christine allows no parties unless they’re yours. A sumptuous bed awaits in the master room, an iron staircase spirals from open-plan living room to mezzanine twin, and the striking monochrome kitchen has space for a central island, abundant stainless-steel appliances and a generous welcome basket. Lean over the balcony with an espresso or cognac – what else! – and see swans glide, boaters work the lock, fishermen flick rods and lines. Lazy days, but lots to do: canoeing, boating, a cognac or wine-tasting tour, Angers, Bordeaux. Or just potter in Jarnac (birthplace of François Mitterand) with its restaurants and Cognac Houses. Relish a deep sense of history, modern comforts and beautiful interior design – and endlessly fascinating scenery flowing quietly beneath your window.