The stuff of serious French country house envy! An attractive, stone-built Maison de Maître, topped with red terracotta tiles and flanked by a charming courtyard – probably built for a 19th-century lawyer. Careful renovation and decoration means its rustic appeal isn’t masked by its mod cons; families can really relax and enjoy themselves here in uncluttered, stylish comfort. Bedrooms are dreamy and deeply comfortable in warm greys, natural wood and stone, with antique beds and richly coloured rugs. There’s a sleek modern Italian shower room, a big claw-foot tub in the bathroom and a gorgeous living room with huge, duck egg blue linen sofas. Concoct feasts from your local market shopping in the well-equipped kitchen, complete with brocante finds and wood-burner, and gather round the big, friendly farmhouse table. Outside is the fabulous heated pool, the barn full of ball games, the acres of lawns and orchards… and the pretty detached cottage for two. Tear yourselves away to go walking, visit St Emilion and the chateaux, villages and prehistoric caves of the Dordogne valley. Lovely.