This château B&B is run with warmth and energy: Stéphane cooks brilliantly and loves wine, Florence is enormous fun. There’s a laid-back feeling here. Big, sunny bedrooms overlook beautiful grounds tumbling with roses and birds flit between the trees. Float in an infinity pool, sunbathe on treetop decks, dip in the hot tub.
Breakfast on croissants, French ham and cheese or eggs if you want, borrow tackle to fish in the lake or spin off on borrowed bikes to visit châteaux and quiet lanes (don’t forget to reserve dinner later). It’s paradise for families with space all around for children to run free, plus badminton, football and table tennis.
It’s quiet in the Perigord, château-studded and rich in history and cuisine. There’s much to see within driving distance: Vézère’s cave drawings, Issigeac’s Sunday market, canoeing on the river.