The Périgord is as lush and welcoming as when prehistoric man made his home here and left us his stunning cave paintings. Settle into this generous 18th-century farm building and its pigeonnier, rebuilt from ruins and made into a family house, all curvy roof, golden stone, space and simplicity. The ground floor is one vast living room, with tawny floor, local stone walls and a wood-burning stove at its heart. Lounging on the big brown leather sofa, enjoy the dazzling view of the 11th-century church of Carlucet, strikingly floodlit at night. Up a couple of steps is the kitchen, arresting in its faultless white-floored simplicity and superbly equipped. Upstairs in three big rooms where beds are being fitted with the latest soft/firm mattresses, rugs jolly up the laminated flooring and the views over the village are spectacular. Bathrooms are good and clean and white and blue. Kerry, her Swedish husband and young daughter love caring for guests and welcome you with a hamper of goodies for a light supper and next day’s breakfast. You have the gardens to explore, your own private fenced pool, good restaurants and a small pub a stroll away.