A splendidly unpretentious and cosy house with thick walls, a huge fireplace in the sitting room, plenty of places to sit and a great wood-burning stove in the kitchen – you can cook on it easily, but there’s an electric oven and gas hob too. The 17th-century stone house has a pretty face with green and white shutters and sits off the main square of a typical Corrèze village. There’s a vintage feel inside: lots of colour from rugs and cushions, stone flagged floors, antique furniture, original artwork. Massive worn granite steps lead upstairs to small but perfectly-formed bedrooms with fine cotton sheets and smartly done little bathrooms with thick fluffy towels. A lawned garden bounded by stone walls is yours to tumble out into, and views are over forests. Wander up the lane to the swimming lake to cool off – there’s a lifeguard on hand. Find a bar and a good restaurant in the village, and a lakeside restaurant at Treignac, which also has a Friday market. Excellent value – a group of close friends or a family with children will love it here.