For a couple in search of peace and simplicity: a little bolthole on the edge of an ancient village on the pilgrim route from Rocamadour to Compostela. The light, fresh, mezzanine bedroom has stone walls, wooden floors, views on to the shady garden below and its own small terrace. Buy croissants and baguettes from the bakery, saucisson, cheese and wine from one of the local markets and you’re set up for the day. Madame is elegant, bilingual, will respect your privacy and couldn’t be more charming. Your quirky, architect-organised barn conversion faces her house, which has rooms for pilgrims and B&B guests. There’s more seating and a barbecue outside; inside, on the ground floor, a couple of single beds (for children) act as sofas; beyond is a partly partitioned, triangular kitchen and a table for two; a cloakroom fits ingeniously under the stairs, and you’ve a rather delightful bathroom upstairs. Visit Rocamadour before the crowds arrive, head for the nearby Lac de Tolerme with beach and restaurant. The Lot is full of charm.