In the lovely Lot, encircled by bastide towns, are three ancient farm buildings of mellow caramel stone. They sit low in the landscape on a hillside, with long green views over hazel plantations and native woodland. Each has its own outside eating area within a private walled courtyard but have the use of a shared lawn, an inviting pool swaddled by swathes of lavender and a big barn for yoga retreats. You can also be catered for by a vegetarian or vegan chef.
Each space is light and bright, with some exposed stone walls and neutral, calming colour schemes. Kitchens are convivial, fine for holiday cooking – mostly you’ll be outside having a barbecue. Owner Paul leaves you a bottle of wine, a loaf of bread and some local cheese. Bedrooms (some downstairs) are peaceful with views over the estate.
This is idyllic rural France with hoopoes and hares, wildflowers and wonderful medieval villages to explore with markets.