Laze in the hammocks, bask by the pool, take supper by the poolhouse on a balmy summer’s night. With fairylights, music and an immaculate summer kitchen, the outdoor living is a hedonist’s delight.
Welcome to a long, large, flawlessly restored farmhouse tucked into a pastoral pocket of southwest France. Outside are large landscaped gardens, sweeping lawns, and trees loved by pine martins and red squirrels. Inside is vastly comfortable – and flexible: two kitchens, two sets of stairs, three living areas, and bedrooms and a second games room at the far end. Teenagers have their own realm.
Hike and bike; the walking is gorgeous and the Voie Verte is near. Or spread your wings to Château de Jumilhac and de Puyguilhem and beautiful, watery Brantôme (30km)… stock up at the Friday market, take a slow boat down the Dronne. Return to books, board games and characterful beams – and a shower room just for dogs.