Annie’s simple stone 17th-century house is part of the fabric of the hamlet, clustered on a hilltop under the gaze of the 13th-century castle. Your warm, unobtrusive host gives you an apartment with its own entrance and plunge pool to share. Enjoy your morning coffee in a private sun-filled courtyard, then stone stairs lead to a tiny terrace with views, off which the studio lies, airy and light. There’s a kitchen tucked behind a pretty screen, dining table, open shelves stacked with brocante finds and two comfy chairs. Behind heavy linen curtains is the bedroom space, romantic and spacious. A chandelier hangs from a rough-hewn beam, and a new bathroom adjoins: pale limestone tiles, limed beams, a big shower and a bath. All is understated and suffused with light. Blissfully quiet too. Imagine sitting on the terrace and watching the hot-air balloons drift through the valley, or curling up and staying put on a wintery night. Parking is tucked into the village wall, so you can pop into lovely unspoilt Daglan for shops, market and restaurant ‘Le Petit Paris.’ Or stroll down to the village along the river – a lovely 40-minute walk.