Monsieur Chauche, who works with national heritage, knows what he’s doing. He has restored his pretty hamlet of three houses with immense sympathy and beauty. Two of the houses are for guests, with oodles of original features, lovely antiques and packed with charm. Sitting rooms are cosy and prettily decorated with antique floor tiles. Bedrooms are delightful (ground floor in one), softly coloured and comfortable. Bathrooms have showers. Cosy down with a book in your private, ‘natural’ garden, the only sound bird song or breeze in the trees, or take a swim in the warm pool with its open country views. Daniel and Marina are charming, live on site and will be pleased to share their vast knowledge of history, architecture and the wildlife of the area. Surrounded by fields, ancient woodland and with Le Brenne Natural Park close by, this is the perfect spot for families, rambling and bird watching. There are shops and restaurants nearby (4kms), an excellent ‘traiteur’ (10kms), or fire up the barbeque and take a sip while the sun sets. You may catch a glimpse of a grazing deer – this is a nature lover’s idyll.