A group of attractive stone buildings have been carefully restored and modernised into a delightful place, just perfect for multi-generational families (there’s a separate bedroom in the garden), centred around a courtyard with a pool to splash in. Meander past the veg and herb patch, orchard and meadow to admire the valley from the viewing bench.
Inside it’s bright and airy: read a book or sip a nightcap in front of the huge wood-burner in the lofty-beamed sitting room. Whip up feasts in the big galley kitchen, it’s stocked with everything an enthusiastic cook needs – you arrive to a couple of bottles of rosé chilling in the fridge. The impressive dining room is just waiting to host convivial gatherings.
There are trails from the door (ask the owners for tips) to other hilltop towns and pretty churches. Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, winner of the prestigious ‘most beautiful town’ award, is 20 mins, vineyards and foodie markets abound.