Imagine a house from the 14th century, standing on a hill surrounded by trees, with far-reaching views of the Lot valley. Here live a Dutch/German family who give their guests the most charming welcome. They run B&B in the main house while self-caterers have the adjacent Buanderie (the old wash house) – solid, spacious and white shuttered. Enter the red door to find a Calvinist sobriety, a rustic simplicity, monastic in feel yet utterly contemporary. Some will find it spartan – no wardrobe, no curtains, no pictures, no oven (just fridge, coffee machine, washing machine, hob) and a door-free, screened bathroom; artists, poets, designers will love it. Find beautiful old floor tiles, rustic stone walls, lofty wonky rafters, a vast fireplace, a little table in a corner. No clutter, no fuss: the materials are left to speak for themselves. Upstairs is the bedroom: low windows, a drenching shower, a huge bed. Outside: flowering cherries and wild lawns, and a view-filled pool shared by all, with a summer kitchen in an open barn. Nature, peace, history, simplicity – and a horse whisperer nearby. Who needs more?