The name means ‘the lost stream’ and the wells are here still. Two centuries old, in three acres of peaceful meadow down a little lane, your charming gîte was once half cattle stall, half cottage – roofless when Alison and Francis took it on. Step into an interior of honey coloured stone and paint-washed floorboards, thick French linen draped at sweet windows and charming paint hues executed with perfection. Downstairs are the living areas and a cook’s dream of a kitchen with every mod con, upstairs are bedrooms with delicious rafters. For winter cosiness: heated floors and a toasty wood-burner in the beautiful Charentais fireplace. All feels fresh, rustic, spotless; an old armoire here, a chic basin there, country checks and elegant toile de Jouy, and art by the English owners. Sniff the scent of roses and lavender in the summer sun, cool off in the above-ground pool that sits next to a sturdy oak hangar. Stray beyond these delights and you come to the sands at La Rochelle and the exciting Futuroscope at Poitiers. Francis and Alison, a lovely couple, live nearby. Shops and restaurants are a short drive.