Constructed from Gascony stone, your two-storey gîte is part of the stable block of a once-grand 1840s mansion. Now the big house is all shuttered up and Monsieur de Galard – farmer of sunflowers, corn, soya and lentils – has decamped next door, and keeps his garden-side shutters closed so guests have total privacy. The front door opens into a small cosy sitting room with two sofas and an easy chair, bright art on open-stone walls and a fireplace in the corner. It’s French, simple, nothing fancy. A farmhouse table dominates the dining room and the crockery is kept in a handsome armoire. There’s a kitchen that opens to a terrace, a toy box under the stairs, and bedrooms – off a landing with half-moon windows overlooking the courtyard below – have glowing stripped floors and views across the garden. The bathroom is shared and needs upgrading. For free-ranging families the place is heaven, its grounds flowing into fields, its woods made for dens, its pond for fishing. Best of all, a show-stopper of a pool, fenced, gated and lined with plastic loungers… bask away! Walks and wine-tastings abound.