In rural Dordogne, home to humanity for millennia, make this elegant old manor yours for a week or more; bring friends and family, it has bags of space in its contemporary/period rooms. The manicured garden and heated pool are huge, too. Cradled by an unostentatiously smart interior in calm colours and pleasing textures, settle down peacefully by the wood-burner in the big sitting room (the gigantic TV has its own corner and sofas) or in the garden. Dine in style in the colonnaded dining room, all white and wood, mirrors and glass, on dishes you’ve prepared in the amazingly well-equipped stainless steel kitchen – or take a 5-minute stroll to a great restaurant, The Black Duck. Upstairs bedrooms have blissfully comfortable new bedding, fine bathrooms, canvasses from Kerry’s photographs of Monet’s garden – they used to live near Giverny – and original paintings of this area. The biggest and best room even has its own terrace. Kerry and Thomas will lay on a light supper for your arrival and the next day’s breakfast. A dynamic, cosmopolitan couple, they live next door and are always willing to help and advise.