The approach is down a long gravelled drive with swathes of lawn on either side; mature trees and an orchard lead to a deep lake in which you can fish. Sitting to the side of the grand main house, this charming, open-plan, rescued pigeonnier is entered via huge barn-like doors. It’s bright and airy with stone walls, a beamed ceiling, a blue corner sofa with cream cushions and a dining area at one end; on fine days, spill out to the terrace for late sunshine and dreamy views. The kitchen is in Shaker style and has all you need. Up a couple of steps are light-filled generous bedrooms with deep feathery pillows and French antiques; the softest colours will soothe and there are large sofas for reading should you need to find peace. Outside are shady spots under trees and deckchairs for snoozing, a saltwater pool with views to the lake and a further terrace for sunbathing. Easy to stay put but there’s much to see and do in this unspoilt part of the country, one hour south of the Dordogne. Five minutes away, Auvillar, one of ‘les plus beaux villages de France,’ still has its circular, covered market.