Tucked between two houses in a medieval village is your stone gite. The young, energetic owners have restored it with much imagination and style, so you walk into a kitchen/diner where functional Ikea units are lifted by proper wood surfaces, reclaimed grey and white tiles, a fabulous island for chopping and slicing and a big dining table for convivial meals. Up a level is the gracious living room with beams, chunky sofas, red armchairs and a fireplace. The bedrooms fan out across all three floors: one on the ground floor, one on the first floor with a separate bathroom and two on the second floor share a bathroom. They’re all individual and filled with quirky finds: beautiful wallpaper, an antique kilim, old windows made into cupboard doors; and the bathrooms are spacious and spoiling with more interesting stuff like the smelting pot turned into a basin. Outside there’s an expanse of lawn, barrels spilling over with flowers, pool, terrace and a tree house that will keep little ones busy. A river runs through the hamlet; you’re close to castles, cathedrals and the biggest cloisters in France – heaven for culture vultures.