You won’t forget the bedrooms of this elegant converted dovecote: one has gnarled beams that grow like trees through the tall pointed ceiling, another has an amazing Princess and the Pea bed with the highest mattress ever. Teenagers will go for the third, a sunny bunk bedroom with its own poolside entrance. In 30 acres of grounds belonging to a lovely 17th-century manor, and with its own private drive and terrace, this beautifully furnished cottage is quite a find. You share the pool with the French owners but they use it infrequently so you’ll often have it all to yourself. The open-plan kitchen and living area is pure, light and roomy, with white or exposed stone walls, grey-green beams supported by unusual stone columns and prettily patterned red and green curtains. Fine, hexagonally-laid tiles run through the ground floor, there are wooden boards upstairs. Wallow in luxurious sofas by the stone fireplace, stroll out of the French windows to the lawn with its long wooded views. You have everything you need, from dishwasher to barbecue, and charming Bergerac is no distance at all.