Deep in unspoilt wild chestnut country, the strong old farmstead stands firm and golden on its ridge, the hills ebbing and flowing into two little valleys: a form of paradise. Bees and butterflies, boar and deer thrive under Robin’s conservationist husbandry, flowers, bushes, trees and veg flourish under Pat’s loving, expert hands. She is a whizz with plants – it’s her profession, after all; your private garden shimmers with colour and you may be allowed some fine fruits from the orchard and kitchen garden. A vibrant couple who have lived and learned a lot, they enjoy sharing their space and experience. Your ideal family holiday: a week in the lofty old barn with its comfortable bedrooms (big double with bathroom downstairs, two smaller doubles with shower up), large living room (books, DVDs, games), super kitchen. Add myriad marvels in spring, orchids in early summer, mushrooms and truffles in autumn, all the treasures of the Quercy year round: food, drink, walks, rivers, lovely little towns, devastating cave paintings – you can’t stay away.