This converted barn is tucked behind two properties in a tiny hamlet, but although it feels remote you’re well placed for shops, restaurants and local attractions. Local Natalie looks after the property and will meet you on arrival with foie gras and a bottle of wine, but otherwise you have the place to yourselves.
Find books and DVDs and a comfy sofa in the sitting room, and unlimited logs for the huge fireplace. The open-plan set up is sociable – cook and chat in the kitchen, gather around the dining table for meals or lounge around the lovely pool outside. The garden isn’t overlooked and has views out onto six acres of pasture and woodland.
The nearest restaurant is in Montferrand, three km away, and a decent supermarket and three restaurants can be found in the bastide town of Beaumont, 10km away. There are lovely walks in the area and you can cycle, canoe or ride horses; in season, you can go on truffle tours.