The French Retreat
Girard – Bordeaux
Airstream for 2 from £107 per night
Not suitable for children
Not suitable for pets
A vintage Airstream, a hand-built thinking space in the woods, a natural pool for splashing about and a 2CV: with no other guests around, it's all yours to enjoy. Your cupboards, fridge and wine rack come fully stocked with fabulous local produce to see you through your stay, not to mention kitchen essentials like good olive oil and balsamic, and - an indulgent touch - the Nespresso machine. You shouldn't need to pick up supplies (fresh bread is delivered daily), but if you want to see the sights, potter about the pretty nearby villages and zip past vineyards in 'Lemon,' your vintage Citroen 2CV. There are also bikes and fishing rods, and a vegetable patch where you might pick chillies, courgettes, aubergines, peppers, or salad for a light lunch, though in autumn, ceps grow in the woods, a good few kilos of which Sara takes to her delighted local restaurant.
The restored 1971 Airstream Sovereign under the shady oak trees was rescued by Sara all the way from Jacksonville, and serves as bedroom, kitchen and living space, while the bathroom has a proper hot shower. Thirty seconds through the trees hides your wooden cabin, simply furnished inside; outside on the deck there's a sun lounger dating from the golden age of ocean liners, ready for an evening apéritif. For scribblers, paper, ink, a printer and internet access are provided: one of Sara & Stéphane's happy guests, a professional writer, says "if you can't write here, you can't write anywhere." For the rest of us, there's the 50-acre estate with its wonderful wildlife - watch wild boar and Golden Oriels go by - plus a library of books and DVDs to explore from the comfort of the 1940s club chairs. Out and about, visit the historic villages of Castelmoron D'Albret and St Emilion to pick up a bottle of good Bordeaux - this is sunny wine country!