Your own little apartment in a medieval village house with a garden at the back and miles of views. The Australian owner has transformed two stone barns into an elegant bolthole for two: one your living space, the other… your library! It’s a haven of comfort and peace, with cool terracotta floors, a kitchenette in a cupboard, a fine sleigh bed and French windows opening to those spectacular views. Shutters give privacy from the street, and Ruth lives discreetly upstairs. She brings you a continental breakfast and has created a great info pack too. After a day of spectacular gorges and historic places (don’t miss Albi) take a drink and book to the lower garden: enchanting, with nooks and exotic planting. Car-free Cordes is car-free and beautiful; boutiques, restaurants and market lie down the steep cobbled hill.