Such a pretty spot: a tiny hamlet of mellow stone buildings on a road to nowhere in the rolling, tree-covered Dordogne hills. UK-based Karin and Mike’s second home and gîte, once part of a bigger farmstead, sits now in five wildlife-friendly hectares. There’s an inviting swimming pool with shade to retreat to for meals or a snooze; beyond a mown area the meadow’s given over to wild flowers; beyond that you can follow deer trails through the woods. Indoors the house is light, airy, easy-going. The kitchen’s big, well-equipped, with loads of cupboards. The sitting room: stone walls, pale floors, wood-burning stove, English sofas, French chairs, is comfortable, not over-dressed. Rooms on the two upper floors are pale and interesting too with painted beams, Laura Ashley beds and mattresses. In similar modern/rustic style, the smaller gîte also has a double and twin room above an open plan dining/living/simple kitchen area. Great for friends with older children to share (tricky terrain for toddlers). Fabulous Castelnaud Castle is ten minutes’ drive; all the foodie and watery delights of the Dordogne are nearby.