A handsome Périgourdine manor house, with the River Dordogne – handy for canoeing and a dip – just down the hill. Though you’ve a big, indoor heated swimming pool of your own in the barn, which opens onto a lounging/playing/eating lawn between the pool and the house, with an acre more to roam just down some steps. English owners have made it a relaxing place for groups to share; snooker players will love the full size, Elizabethan style table. The mix of styles and furniture gathered over the years, from imposing antiques, to 80s chintz, to spacious, full-on-70s bathrooms makes for comfortable living. Gather in the grand, double height lounge, its terracotta tiling softened by an elegant rug and green settees, cook in the fresh new kitchen with doors onto the terrace, eat outside or in the dining room on Regency chairs. Cord-carpeted bedrooms have a mostly English country feel with floral fabrics and lovely views through dormer windows. It’s only 5km to the shops of Beaulieu or Puybrun, and not far to many castles, pretty Collonges-la-Rouge, Rocamadour and the prehistoric Gouffre de Padirac.