Domaine Des Etangs, Massignac, South West France
“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before” – Dalai Lama
As far as otherworldly escapes go, this 2,500acre private estate features all the hallmark traits of a fairytale property. Off the tourist track in the depths of rural France, there are 29 rooms and suites which also includes six luxury farm cottages ranging from one to five bedrooms, a Michelin starred restaurant, two pools, a spa and a floating lakeside tennis court. Dreamy, much? The cottages are dotted throughout the estate between ponds, tucked into verdant hollows, or sat pretty in the meadows which stretch out towards the horizon. Luxury is taken very seriously here – to the point where you will struggle to leave it all behind. From the lush gardens to the thermal Roman baths to the sanctuary that is their spa, every part of your body will be soothed.