A place of calm, this refined 1804 manor has been reborn after a restoration by Anna and Abel. You’re flanked by former farm buildings and have a courtyard at the front with magnolia trees and clipped box. The pool sparkles; laze on the lawn or knock about on the croquet pitch. Kids can bounce on the trampoline before an early supper while you unwind in an Adirondack chair with a glass of Armagnac.
Abel’s four-course suppers are renowned, Anna’s breakfasts stuffed with homemade jam, patisserie, fresh fruit salad. You can eat in several places: the kitchen, dining room or outside amid the curiously sculptured box trees.
The huge bedrooms are a tonic to come back to after a day out – L’Occitane lotions, fresh flowers, soft carpets. The suites have private terraces and good views – the only TV in the place is tucked away in the communal snug. Many sights are near: castles, valleys, canoeing on the Dordogne, the historic centre of bijou Brive.