Relax on the patio enclosed by high hedges and shaded by trees. You can bask by the pool, lunch on the terrace and have a barbecue in the evening with provisions from the good local boucherie. You stay in the gîte adjacent to the 19th-century coach-house, recently revived by William and Vanessa.
Inside feels warm, convivial and cosy – an open-plan design for plenty of space and with huge rustic beams overhead. Take a tour of Vanessa’s wonderful vintage fashion collection in the little museum; stroll down to the village and its lovely square for shops, a bar and boulangerie.
This is the northern reach of the Dordogne, the aptly named Perigord Vert, with a verdant landscape of forests, valleys and hills. Stock up at Piégut-Pluviers market (26km), discover prehistoric cave paintings at the Grotte de Villars (19km) and visit the Château de Jumilhac and its gardens (18km), topped with turrets and towers.