The setting of this sturdy 17th-century stone farmhouse is breathtaking: views of hills and woodland fill every window. This is a sensitive restoration by the photographer owner who lives with wife Gilly and their family in the other half of the building. Walls are thick, space plentiful and deep windows limit unwelcome light. The kitchen has warm timber flooring, a wood-burner in the ancient hearth, an antique table for family feasts; the sitting room has colour-washed walls, exposed stone, comfortable sofas that can take an unruly child or two. One double room is downstairs, the other four are in the gabled attic with white walls, no clutter, minimal furniture or storage. There are books, games, a video library and Tim’s photographs on the walls (ask about his courses on landscape photography). Also in this mini-hamlet, sharing farmyard, games room and pool, are a barn and a cottage: you choose to be sociable or private. Medieval, hilltop Curemonte, waving to you across the valley, has a summer market and there are masses of castles and caves to discover.