Through the gates, down the sweeping drive, to a 17th-century manor on an ancient estate with rolling Perigordian views. The gardens spills roses, the food is home-grown, and if you like dogs, you’ll love Jet and Nero.
Restored granary La Librairie – with book-lined shelves and open-tread stairs – has heaps of space for six, while Le Cottage is cosy and compact. Both offer super kitchens, dappled dining patios, and welcome-packs of local goodies. If you’re planning a very special meal, head for La Tour des Vents in hilltop Montbazillac, a 25-minute drive, where the food is dazzling and the views sublime.
Set off early on a Sunday for the farmers’ market at Issegeac, 30km – borrow a basket and blend in with the locals – or Bergerac, 22km. After sampling its many delights, hop on the train for Bordeaux.