In a valley thick with sunflowers and cornfields and rustling with poplars is this renovated house – it’s a good spot, as tranquil as can be. Views reach to the Chateau de Beauville on its promontory, while the village of Beauville (medieval, enchanting) waits on the other side. In the house, understated design and a charming simplicity prevail. A new-old tower houses the kitchen downstairs, and the master bedroom, with a private decked balcony, is up, linked by a crafted spiral stair. The cottage ‘wing’ has the sitting room down (natural stone flooring, stylish leather sofas) and two bedrooms above: white walls, sloping timbers, tiny diamond windows, velux for extra light. All doors open to the garden. A hedge screens you from the lane, there’s a perfect-for-a-snooze hammock slung between trees, and the heated pool is positioned so that splashing nippers are in sight; shade-giving banana trees and palms add an exotic touch. Hop in the car to the beautiful sand beach lake at Montaigu de Quercy, potter and shop in little Beauville, sail off on the bikes (they come with the house). Music, PlayStation, games, toys, books, satellite TV, a wood-burner for autumn stays… brilliant.