Tiny Valentou is a hamlet just south of the border of the Tarn-et-Garonne set in an open, prosperous and delightful landscape. Behind high hedges and mature trees is L’Ancien Presbytere, a big, four-square, southern French house with several low buildings attached, creating a series of gently shaded garden spaces. Low oak woodland screens the neighbour’s track and a swimming pool gives way to lawns and lavender. All is peaceful, secluded and serene. Up stone steps is the first floor, all beautiful old polished terracotta tiles, original windows and original doors – and the sitting room, a light, airy, colour-washed room, stylish and unfussy in a totally relaxed way, with a wood-burner for winter, logs on the house, and a study to the side, which opens to the entrance hall. Bathrooms are perfect and bedrooms are charming; one is above, with characterful beams under the roof. Downstairs: a study with a sofabed and a fabulous big kitchen-dining room opening to a furnished terrace. The nearest town is Montaigu, the nearest market, Roquecor, the nearest shop a 20-minute walk across the fields!