A dream come true. Four friends from Munich dreamed of restoring a rundown French country house and sharing it with like-minded travellers. And here it stands, on the edge of a pretty valley, an enchanting, rambling house of wobbly roofs, rose-clambered walls and mullioned windows. Blessedly, it hasn’t been over-restored and the fading, slightly flaked lime render gives the country house a hopelessly romantic patina. Inside, it’s a feast of colour and glorious old stone. The L-shaped building, with the medieval tower at its hinge, can be taken as a whole or as three independent gîtes: Bel Etage and the Studio for eight, the South Wing for four, and the Apartment for a couple. Each has a dining kitchen, a large open fireplace, gorgeous bathrooms; both mix rustic with contemporary; bedrooms are all inspiring with fabulous beds, interesting art and colourful fabrics. The room in the tower is circular, of course. Look out over endless lawns stretching out to the forest. It is totally quiet here. Walk or cycle in the lovely Dordogne countryside, visit local châteaux, caves, towns – and farmers’ markets for superb local produce and specialities that you’ll prepare in your fine big kitchen.