Vibe: A hippy-luxe four-bedroom self-catering farmhouse.

Setting: In 15 acres of peaceful countryside, a stone’s throw from authentic market towns and an easy drive from Toulouse.

Why parents love it: It’s like borrowing a fabulous pal’s French retreat, complete with a sun-drenched pool.

Why kids love it: The huge garden means there’s endless freedom to roam. Go wild in the play area, splash about in the pool, or explore on the house’s bikes, trikes and ride-on tractors.

Find out more: i-escape.com

READER OFFER: 7 nights for the price of 5; whole-house bookings from £173 per night. Book through i-escape to get a welcome basket with wine, cheeses, ham, bread etc at time of stay.