Imagine manicured lawns and a bridged stream, birds, flowers, oaks, poplars, maples and Himalayan cedar – three resplendent hectares in a secluded valley. Here live Adrian and Dora, he an artist (discover painted sculptures in the garden) and former gallery owner, she a writer; both are charming and discreet. With its back to the main house is your rustic stone cottage, single storey but split level, and steeped in character. Enjoy a light airy living space (stone walls and tiled floors keeping you cool on a hot day), with a small sofa, an oval table, a scattering of rugs, a well-equipped kitchen, and French windows opening to a lush woodland terrace and barbecue – bliss. The bedroom is furnished with modern paintings and oriental antiques, a great big bed, and a snug shower room with heated towel rails. Books, TV, CDs, DVDs (heaps of them) and a bottle of wine on arrival – what more could a peace-lover ask? This is a sweet simple set up for two, with walks from the door, the Prieuré de Carluc close by, markets and medieval villages all around – and a private pool to come home to.