Splash in the pool, bask on the terraces, play ping-pong, croquet and boules. This enchanting building with its 14th-century tower (once a soldier outpost) is a house of wobbly roofs, characterful floorboards, and mellow stone, rose-rambled walls.
You can take the whole West Wing for up to ten, made up of the apartment, Bel Etage and the studio, and/or the South Wing for four. All come with patios or terraces; and the South Wing’s, separated by a grassy courtyard, is the most secluded. Gather round a barbecue, cook in a chef-happy kitchen. You can harvest nuts, fruits and ceps in season, and stock up in St Astier’s market (10km), or Riberac’s more famous one (20km).
For brocante, head for Verteillac, 28km; its market is the first Sunday of the month. Wonderful watery Brantôme, ‘Venice of Périgord’, is a half-hour drive, while the Grotte de Villars, whose cave paintings are originals not replicas, is remarkable.