La Renardais dates from the 19th century: a pretty, brown stone building with cute wooden shutters. After much dedicated restoration by owners John and Suzanne Robinson, it opened as a chambres d'hotes in 1993 and in 2011 received Gites de France's four-star classification.
  The garden teems with flowers and plump shrubs. Inside, there's exposed beams, original stonework and a welcoming sitting room, dotted with trinkets and arranged round a traditional stone fireplace. A polished walnut staircase, painstakingly restored by Suzanne, leads up to the four spacious bedrooms. They're cosy, with a certain cottage-like charm. Lace curtains line the windows and beds are fitted with crisp, pretty linen. Each has its own smart and well-equipped bathroom.
  The Robinsons aim to create a 'home from home' for their guests, and by all accounts do this and more: they give a 'personal touch which money can't buy,' says one, 'absolutely lovely,' says another.
  A generous continental breakfast, complete with bread from the local boulangerie, can be had inside or taken out on to the terrace. For lunch and dinner, head out to the nearby riverside restaurants to sample fresh seafood.