Gaze across the wooded valley to the gentle Quercy hills; crack open the welcome bottle of wine. The setting is stunning and the blackbirds sing. You cannot help but unwind.
This rustic, stylish, 18th-century barn comes with its own barbecue terrace, and exclusive use of the owners’ pool (50m). Your living space is light and lofty, your en suite bedrooms – one up, one down – serene, and your well-equipped kitchen the bees-knees. Penny and Patrick work at their restaurant in Montcuq during the day, so the whole place feels like yours.
Montcuq, cobblestoned capital of the Quercy Blanc, is full of good places to eat; Lauzerte, a 15-minute drive, is equally charming. This gentle region, wedged between Bordeaux, Toulouse and the Lot, teems with small, often organic, food and wine producers… get your bread in Castelnau from the wood-fired oven. Your hosts will recommend all their favourites.