The lane winds up through the woodland, turns into a track, and leads to the immaculate courtyard of Gaurenne. Inside and out, this steeply pitched 1700s farmhouse is elegant and serene. Lap up the scents and the pastoral views, and settle under the pergola with foie gras and Rosette wine – a welcome treat from the owner.
You can hop in the car to the village for your morning coffee, and stock up at Sarlat’s market. Rent kayaks and bikes, and hike for miles. Or discover the fortresses of Beynac and Castelnaud, the water mill at Sainte-Nathalène, where walnuts are ground into oil the traditional way, and the Rocamadour goat’s cheese of La Borie d’Imbert: worth the hour’s drive.
Return to a garden of sumptuous shrubs and low box hedges, 28 peaceful acres, and a pool set in a lawn adjoining a meadow. It’s an idyllic spot for the end the day.