This big old barn stands high above the Dordogne valley on vine-covered flatlands, close to wine town Bergerac and Castillon-la-Bataille where the English finally lost the Hundred Years War; the battle is re-enacted each summer. Three gîtes and a studio share this converted space, but it rarely feels crowded: the pool is flanked by sun loungers and a large glass-walled pool house, and the child-friendly garden has plenty of tables for savouring whatever comes off the barbecue. Sitting rooms are airily spacious, with stone walls, terracotta tiles and contemporary art framed by long flowing curtains; kitchens have breakfast bars, electric ovens, dishwashers; bedrooms are white or pale with billowing duvets. Be prepared to share the garden, pool and barbecue with other guests, unless you book the whole barn for family and friends. This is the land of castles, cuisine, AOC wines and wine-tastings… of summer festivals in Saint-Émilion, sightseeing in Bordeaux, canoeing on the Dordogne river. A fun, unpretentious place for those who don’t crave silence or solitude.