At the end of a long, long track, surrounded by ancient trees, is an impressive old farmhouse and a converted barn (three bedrooms and three bathrooms apiece), mellow in Gascony stone. They sit in over seven acres of garden and forest (child heaven), with rose garden, vines, orchard, pond, hedgerows, stream, views and a pool sunk into the grass. 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). Feel the history within these old stone walls; families cannot help but unwind. Cook and chat in attractive kitchens, sink into well-cushioned sofas and chairs, snuggle by wood-burners with books and games, drift onto terraces, bask under parasols then snooze away in cosy rug-clad rooms. Shop in Montcrabeau or head off for Lectoure and lovely old Nérac: Gascony’s markets are the best. Book farmhouse or barn – or take the whole lot!