Drive along winding country roads past forests to reach this 16th-century stone house on the edge of Abjat. It’s next to the church and opposite there’s a little square from which you can watch the world go by.
You step in and feel at home. Find a welcome hamper of bread, cheese, wine and milk, and a large rustic kitchen that forms the heart of the house. Chat while you cook, curl up with a good book in the cosy library or drawing room with views out onto the large garden, play billiards and darts in the games room. In sunny weather fire up the barbecue and swim in the saltwater pool in the back garden.
You can borrow bikes to explore the countryside or jump into the car – Piégut is a ten-minute drive and has shops and a market on Wednesdays. There are also châteaux and ancient churches to visit and the prehistoric caves at Villars are half an hour away.