At the end of a long track, surrounded by ancient oaks, is an impressive 200-year-old farmhouse and a converted barn (three bedrooms and three bathrooms apiece), mellow in Gascony stone. They sit in acres of grounds and forest (child heaven), with lavender and rose gardens, vines, orchard, pond, berry-filled hedgerows and a stream.
Inside, beautiful oak beams and stone and terracotta floors remain, complemented by 21st century comforts, from wifi (in the farmhouse) to TV to super showers. Each gite spreads over two floors with steps a-go-go (no under fives please). Both have attractive kitchens to cook and chat in, wood-burners in the sitting rooms with books, games and music, and inviting bedrooms.
Pick up basics in nearby Moncrabeau or head off for Lectoure and lovely old Nérac for shops and markets. Mézin has cafes on the square and the beautiful medieval villages of Fourcès, Larressingle and La Romieu are all close by. Book the farmhouse or the converted barn – or take the whole lot!