In its own little garden, the prettiest gîte. You step into a very delightful open-plan interior with wood-burning stove, cheerful red sofa, books and easy chairs. The galley kitchen has sun-yellow tiles, dishwasher, hob and oven. The bedroom is cosy and cool – white walls, antique pine, bed linen with towels to match, and shower room en suite. You get your lovely private terrace and garden, with barbecue, at the back and, off the courtyard, reached via an outside stair, an extra bedroom you can rent – ideal for grandparents, older children or anyone wanting independence. Monique is charming, bakes her own bread (which she’s happy to sell), keeps her own hens. There’s nothing she likes better than to prepare dinner for a big friendly crowd: enjoy table d’hôtes in the big, terraced garden. You’re high on a sunny hill (puech means ‘hilltop’ in the regional dialect, malou is a type of apple), in a garden lush with lavender, hibiscus and shady corners. Teillet for simple shops is a five-minute drive, Albi and Toulouse are under an hour.