Rural French heaven in a wooded valley near Tourtoirac. Isabelle’s restoration of this old farmhouse is inspired by her love of the Dordogne and of rusticity, with dollops of fun and fantasy. You feel cocooned indoors: by wood of all persuasions, neutral colours, recycled terracotta and rough-hewn stone. There are wicker sofas by the big stone fireplace, baskets full of games; furniture fashioned out of old farm tools (a collection to visit too); curiosities and quirky adaptations everywhere – but nothing jars and it’s comfortable and practical. The kitchen-with-everything has a friendly big table, a sink hewn out of honey-coloured stone. Bedrooms aren’t huge but are seductively rustic – the suite under the rafters, gloriously so. It runs practically the length of the house: twin beds at one end and up a few stairs at the other, the double; its bathroom behind a curtain and beams. Each bathroom has a walk-in shower; carved stone alongside white porcelain. Outdoors all is simply lovely: the pool, the help-yourself vegetable and herb garden, the eating/sitting space under the barn… what more could you want?