From the moment you open the big wooden door and step into the sun-and-shade courtyard – old almond tree, dining table, rustic benches – you know you’re in for a treat. The English owners have a created a home of great character: two ancient stone barns woven into one and renovated with love and creativity. You enter the inviting hub of the house: a kitchen/dining area with a twin bedroom and bathroom to one side; then up to a sitting room (with sofabed) and top terraces for stunning views… down to a terrace, then down again, to bedrooms in the second barn. It’s a charming layout, suitable for a party large or small; the two bedrooms in the ‘wing’ can be closed off. All feels homely, welcoming and warm, with bright simple fabrics and paintings, small rugs on wood or terracotta floors, books, music and logs for winter stays. Shop at the twice-weekly market in Tuchan (3km); swim in the rivers or village pool; star-gaze from the terraces with a bottle of Corbières. The owners have their own small winery and the area is a wine lover’s dream.