Unless you know the Dordogne well, you may never have heard of the tiny clutch of terracotta rooves, on a hillside near Sarlat, called Meyrals. It’s a truly unspoilt medieval village and the darling of artists who call it the ‘Terre des Arts’.
Cooking in the big kitchen with its inset copper sink will make you feel very French. Gather all you need from the bustling local market on Thursdays in the village – bunches of the freshest herbs, gleaming tomatoes, olive oil and regional sausages. Up worn stone steps find the romantic salon with open fire and French windows to a small balcony, perfect for morning coffee or an evening drink.
Idle through the Dordogne to picnic spots by the river, people-watch at pavement cafes in sleepy squares, or stay in little Meyrals, dining at a choice of two restaurants and picking up great bread and cheese at the small épicerie for lunch. Sarlat is a 20-minute drive.