Splash in the large pool, spread out over three outdoor seating areas or have a game of ping pong or volleyball – children will love family holidays here – and if you’re a large party you can take the next door barn too (both have their own entrances). The village, a 20-minute walk, is beautiful, there are excellent restaurants within walking distance including the Michelin star Le Vieux Logis. Hikers and cyclists will be happy in the wonderful hills for miles – there are bikes available or stroll 30 minutes to the river beach for canoeing, swimming and boating. Set off to markets at Le Bugue, Périgueux and Bergerac – but the Sarlat market on Saturdays is the best. Return to the large kitchen, very well-equipped with good coffee makers and lots of space for preparation. The master bedroom is large, the others (two downstairs and one upstairs) are smaller so no ruffled feathers please – sort ahead! A welcoming sitting room with exposed stone walls is a grand place to escape to and read quietly.