Gather the whole family or a band of buddies and come in the summer to enjoy all three of these lovingly revamped houses – there’s plenty of room for much sitting about or long convivial meals, but escapees can have their own quiet time either back at ‘theirs’ or in the vast gardens. In other months The Long House (built in 1738) is yours along with Petite Maison sometimes for overflow. All have books, are neat as a pin, cosy with underfloor heating, beautifully beamed and dressed in different colours – The Long House mainly in blues and reds. Cooks won’t have any complaints about thoroughly well thought-out kitchens with enough pots and pans to whip up a storm and plenty of room for helpers. Sleep soundly in beds with good mattresses and proper blankets, wake to drink in the views from your terrace. There’s a barn with a grand piano for formal events, a truly lovely garden and a big swimming pool. You can sign up for a week’s intensive French language course with the owner, Simon, while Cordes-sur-Ciel, Najac, Villefranche-de-Rouergue are great for days out and the whole valley is just made for outdoor pursuits like wild swimming, kayaking and walking.