In beautiful Périgord countryside – an uncontrived, no-frills, spotless set-up. The farmstead sits with its back to the road and forms a loose U-shape with the Farmhouse and the Smith’s home in the middle, the Barn and Cattle Shed to the left. There’s not an en suite in sight but you’ll find crisp bedding on vintage iron bedsteads, good new furniture and a well-equipped kitchen in each of the three gîtes. The big quirky barn (mind your head getting into bed) has a vast sitting room, plenty of nooks and crannies and two roof terraces; the stone and brick farmhouse has a large kitchen/diner opening to a terrace; the beamy Cattle Shed has a sociable kitchen, a master bedroom and two smaller ones. Friendly owners, Emma and Don (with young sons Henry & Noah), have geared the whole place to outdoor life and young ones – you need only walk out of the gate to wander through miles of pasture and woodland. Further afield are bastide towns, abbeys and lively markets galore. Come back to plunge in one of the two pools, fly high on the swings and watch the donkey-feeding session at tea time; then chat into the night by your wood-burner (logs are free).