Settle into this generous 18th-century farm building on the Charmes de Carlucet estate. The ground floor is one vast living room, with wooden floors, local stone walls and a wood-burning stove at its heart. Lounging on the sofa with a book, enjoy the dazzling view of the 11th-century church of Carlucet.
The kitchen is up a couple of steps and has all the kit you’ll need and plenty of room to cook as a team (although you can ask for a chef if you prefer) plus a big table for sociable meals. You’ll find a hamper of local bread, wine, cheese and snacks as well as all the basics. There’s tons of room for everybody and all bedrooms have their own en suite bathroom too.
Hire bikes or enjoy wonderful walks from the door. Stroll through chestnut groves and farmland, past ancient monastery ruins to St-Crépin – the owners can give you maps and guides. They also host painting, photography, yoga and French language immersion courses. Return to much peace and quiet and a cooling swim or a doze in the garden.