How about unpluging yourself from the urban craze and enjoying the very best of the countryside ? Un Lit au Pré (« A Bed in a Meadow ») offers stays in small-scale French farms. A unique Art de Vivre experience on real active farms, where the farmer and family are passionate guardians of animals, landscapes, architecture, history and excellent local food too.
When I was a child, my father made a point to introduce us to farm life, so we visited many, over holidays or week ends in le Jura or in Les Landes. I keep fond memories of hide and seek parties in the hay, petting the rabbits, drinking fresh milk just out of the cow.