This simple stone cottage – 18th century and extended over the years – is a great little base for an unspoilt part of France. Set across the lawn from owner James’ house, it’s a place for families and lovers of utter peace and tranquillity. Inside, find a charming décor, steps up and down and vast views from a first-floor terrace.
Two bedrooms are on the ground floor, one opening to the garden, and the quirky, delightful third is upstairs with a roll top bath. Also on the first floor is the large, light, open-plan living area, with squishy sofas and colourful Indian throws. There’s space for a couple of cooks in the simple but well-equipped ‘coin cuisine’ – nothing is flashy or redundant here.
Chill out in the informal garden and splash in the saltwater pool – it’s hedged in and prettily private. Enjoy the restaurants and wines of lively Cahors and stock up at its wonderful twice-weekly market; walk 10-minutes to the swimming lake.