You’ll be struck by the feeling of space, though the gîte feels warm and intimate. Grab a book and find a spot in the big, well-kept gardens: cosy and sheltered, or open and sunny. The veranda overlooks the pool, so you can keep an eye on little ones while you soak up the rays.
Inside there’s a big kitchen with its long counters and cupboards full of kit, with room for 10 around the dining room table and a sitting room with comfy chairs to snuggle up in. The four bedrooms are calm and cosy, and the top rooms are great for kids, with space for five and fairy lights twirled around the low beams.
Come together for long walks in the Causses de Quercy, or pottering in medieval villages – Cahors, Najac and Bruniquel are close, the latter a ‘Plus Beau Village’ – shopping in markets, dancing at fêtes. There are rivers to canoe, trails to pedal and horses to ride, all in Tarn-et-Garonne’s sculpted green lands.