Enfolded in the rolling landscape of Lot-et-Garonne, Maison Palanchou lies at the end of a track with views of winding valleys, wooded hilltops and fields of sunflowers. The house is part of an ancient cluster of stone farm buildings with just an artisan cheese maker as neighbour. Designers Claire and Roger have put their stamp on the interior with a nice lightness of touch – stone walls, wooden beams, gleaming terracotta and oak floors form a perfect backdrop to chic modern furniture and brocante finds. It’s in striking contrast to the unbridled riot of the garden, ablaze with summer flowers and tiny gravel paths leading to hidden glades. There’s a sunny pool terrace reached through the sitting room or straight from one of the pale and interesting ground floor bedrooms. An open spiral staircase leads to a twin room in the heavily beamed eaves: a great retreat for kids. In the stylish kitchen, clean lines and efficiency hold sway, and it’s here you’ll find a basket with enough to create your first meal, including eggs from the hens living in a field behind the house and ice cream.