Loll on the lawns, sprint to the pool, take in the valley views. This exquisite estate, high on a hill, includes an elegant 18th-century manor, a very comfortable gatehouse (yours), and formal gardens designed by the late Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury. There’s not another house in sight.
Food lovers will be in gourmet paradise: goose, duck, truffles… can be found in the village restaurants – walk or drive down for supper. Strike out from the door to the magnificent Chateau de Hautefort where guided tours can be arranged. Head further to the river town of Montignac, for the Lascaux caves and the twice-weekly market.
Return to the comfort of a cool, high-ceiling’d living room, and a roaring wood-burner for chillier days. The little village has the basics and a handy supermarket on its edge.