Within the fortifications of one of France’s best-preserved medieval hill-top villages, above the Dordogne, this is quite a place. Once home to writer Abel Boyer, it has a 17th- century air, its tiled roof topping mellow stone. You enter the light, stone-walled, high-beamed sitting room straight from the square. Old meets new seamlessly: its massive stone fireplace occupied by an elegant wood-burner; its modern sofas rubbing shoulders with Roddy’s Edwardian family furniture. He and Catriona are Scottish and give the friendliest advice on where to eat (masses of choice) and what to do (ditto). The large kitchen/diner they’ve created has a minimalist, super-equipped kitchen alongside the more traditional dining area: the colours of a 19th-century tiled floor reflected in the designer overhead light. Up winding stairs the splendid first floor bedroom: stonework, beams, super king comfort, has a balcony overlooking the gravelled garden: Jacuzzi/spa, climbing roses, space to eat and relax – with village and country views beyond. The downstairs bedroom has a French window onto the square with its parking, so is easily accessible.