Understated elegance and homeliness are skilfully combined in this 18th-century farmhouse; its tranquillity and sophistication beguiles and soothes. Plain yet luxurious, it is decorated throughout with antiques; English owner Marian is an antiques dealer and lives next door. The house was a wealthy farm where the aperitif pineau was made; the old chestnut beams and stone fireplace have been superbly preserved. The dazzling white kitchen – the distillery – has a huge vaulted ceiling and a wood-burning range, and a stunning display of navy and white china. Enjoy dreamy views over fields from a master bedroom with seagrass floors, fabulous antique bed and huge beams. Outside: your own private garden and raised pool. Stock up in Cercoux, or shop at the twice-weekly market in pretty Coutras, a 20-minute drive. Medieval Montguyon holds a folklore festival in July and August; there’s a lake for swimming and a beach area with a little café. Marian is delightful, available yet unobtrusive. A fresh, open, luminous place. Readers are full of praise.