The landscaping is harmonious, the outdoor lighting atmospheric, and top quality oak and stone have been used throughout. Poised between the Perigord Noir and the Perigord Pourpre (Bergerac and Bordeaux on one side, caves and castles on the other) is a hilltop retreat with 13th-century origins. For small groups holidaying together, particularly those who like their own private space, it’s perfect. The owners, a friendly English couple, live to one side of a large gravelled courtyard dotted with lavender; and the gîtes face the other way. Alongside: a huge communal barn where you can get together; a simple kitchen with Nespresso on tap; a TV corner for kids; a dining terrace with marvellous views. Baby equipment, toys and games abound, the pool, hot tub and terraces are immaculately furnished, and the laundry is next to the gym. ‘Cottage’ sleeps two, ‘Stable End’ four, and ‘Bread Oven’ (a pretty sage green-shuttered house, its floors linked by a crafted spiral stair) sleeps six. Borrow the bikes and pedal down to Villamblard (1km), pick up croissants, visit the weekly market, pop into the bar for a simple meal.