At the end of a long ridge, views of farms and valleys all around, this creamy stone house has been rooted here for the past 400 years. The Italianate loggia overlooks the garden and is the setting for breakfasts of patisserie, homemade jam, eggs on toast. Book in advance for Carol Ann’s very reasonable four-course dinners of confit de canard, cheese and wines from Cahors, or head to Puymirol for Michelin-starred restaurants.
There are lots of spaces to relax, in the guest wing or the family part of the house: a cushion-strewn drawing room with board games and a roaring fire, big bedrooms with windows over the courtyard, plush en suite bathrooms, a heated pool.
Warm and generous hosts lend bicycles and wellies for exploring local towns, farms and vineyards, the bastide villages of Lauzerte and Tournon-d’Agenais. Summer in the southwest brings night markets and châteaux concerts.