Take a nightcap to the terrace as you gaze on Monflanquin, exquisitely illuminated at night. These little hilltop bastides are unique to the Dordogne and this one is a gourmet’s delight: three bakeries, a Thursday market, and a ‘cave de vin.’Your refurbished house is well-equipped and snug, with a sociable living area and bedrooms up and down, one with remarkably low rafters. The housekeeper lives in the imposing manor, unmissable though part-hidden by trees. She pops over early each morning, so everything looks pristine. When not in Paris the owner lives in the manor too, with her retriever.Table tennis, tennis, trampoline, pool: all are for you. There’s masses of outdoor space for a party of eight, and rolling countryside beyond. Wallow in the jacuzzi, party round the barbecue, and book a table at Le Jardin under the arches of Monflanquin’s medieval square.