Wind up and up the long, narrow country lane to discover a big ancient manor and views that sail over villages and valleys as far as the eye can see; the panorama is astounding. It’s tailor-made for families and especially lovely in summer, with parkland to roam and garden steps down to terraces and the pool.
Inside is enticingly comfy and homely, in spite of the impressive dimensions. Cook up feasts in the well-equipped kitchen (or let caretakers Kate and Michael rustle up dinner if you don’t feel like cooking), curl up in front of the wood-burner, and find games in the snug on the landing – table football and a hammock slung from the beams.
Head out into Quercy – it’s foodie heaven, rich in restaurants, auberges and markets glistening with produce. Walks leave from the doorstep to work up your appetite for the next meal.