It certainly looked ominous. It lay long and dark from corner to corner of the turquoise horizon.
I wasn't sure what to expect as I climbed into the passenger seat of a people carrier loaded up with boys, bikes, body boards, wet suits and that evening's spaghetti bolognese defrosting in the boot.
It was back in the winter of 2007 when we made a decision which would change our lives.
Benn and Amy Coley moved to South West France nearly 5 years ago to start a family run holiday business.
In these stressful times of uncertainty and economic downturn, imagine the perfect antidote
Local independent schools open their doors this summer and offer a huge range of courses to suit all tastes - great fun for the kids and great news for working parents!
We would imagine it would be a week with your family and/or friends in a luxury country house with a private, heated pool, your own personal chauffeur, maid and cook.