At the end of a track lined with cherry trees, surrounded by vineyards and sunflowers, is a blue-shuttered house with far-reaching views; take a book to the garden and dream. There’s no traffic to disturb the peace, just the odd splash from the pool which you are most welcome to share. Jeanette and Richard have taken the leap, to leave the UK for the Lot-et-Garonne and open up a B&B. Bedrooms are spotless and sweet; bathrooms are new; dinner includes local wines. Little Duras (2km) has restaurants, a bar, a market and a chateau on top of the hill – and if you’re feeling lively you can kayak down the river Dordogne.