Find peace here on the edge of a village in the Livradois-Forez regional park. The house is up at 600m, with woods, pond and pool inside its high-walled grounds. Dutch owners Charles and Tarcies speak excellent English and love sharing their home with guests, advising on walks, bike rides, car tours and local sites. Breakfast is served individually, while home-cooked dinners are sociable affairs around a large table. Living room and corridors have modern paintings and quirky touches; bedrooms on three floors have lovely views, good mattresses, simple shower rooms (one also has an elegant bath) and calming colours.