Enter the courtyard of one of the finest houses in the Lot-et-Garonne. Re-built in 1775, it forms part of the ramparts of the bastide town Castillonnès – hence the amazing views.
Jennie gives you the tour… from the gracious suite of salons downstairs to the elegant bedrooms in the wings, each furnished to suit the period, and the scale. Pour yourself drinks from the honesty bar; chat over tea in the kitchen; your hosts – and their rescue pugs – are charming. A substantial continental breakfast is included; a light lunch can be arranged.
Off the tourist trail, Castillonnès is a peaceful place from which to discover the gastronomy of the Périgord, starting with its Tuesday market. Villeréal, 13km, is another bastide jewel. Lovely medieval Bergerac, famous for its wines, is a 25-minute drive – don’t miss the Route des Vins.