Astonishing! For lovers of innovative, high-tech design and 16th-century architecture. In a fine, central Renaissance Sarlat townhouse, dynamic Mary Bel has created – with huge flair and attention to detail – Les Colletines, an open-plan studio for two, bright in Monroe red, with black, sand and grey accents and Le Clos de l’Abbaye, a two-storey apartment for four with a fabulous stainless steel and mango wood spiral staircase. Both wow with Italian-style contemporary urban chic, Murano lights and hand-painted cement tiles in super-clever, compact kitchens and massaging, power shower rooms (with robes etc, of course). Elegant studio furniture rolls aside for the smart, king-size foldaway bed concealed by a mirrored cupboard. Le Clos de l’Abbaye scintillates too with designer chrome, glass, velvet and an inspired attic: two beautifully dressed king beds aloft between curtained, grey-painted beams. You can self-cater or B&B; it’s surprisingly quiet here, so close to historic Sarlat’s cafés, markets and pedestrian bustle. Talk to Mary-Bel about truffle weekends, a private chef, a Dordogne Châteaux or Bergerac vineyard tour. A break with tradition?