Barrel down a long verdant drive beneath swishing trees to a much-loved traditional pale stone farmhouse and separate gîte. Hans and Debbie have poured their hearts into making this a relaxed, sociable home-from-home. It’s light and airy with high ceilings above and brushed concrete underfoot (heated!). Rustle up lunches and suppers in the sleek kitchen, you can chop and chat at the same time, then envelop yourself on squishy sofas in front of the open fire or stay out late on the terrace. Bedrooms are restful, the master has a private terrace, and although the twin in the gîte lacks the homely feel of the main house, when used as an overspill, the whole place is perfect for parties of up to 10. Resting in a shallow green bowl, without a neighbour in sight, the view of meadows and woods radiating out is pleasingly tranquil; there’s an expanse of grassy lawn and a large pool neatly tucked away. Montcuq is close for supplies and lake swimming, the Lot and all its watery delights is 15 minutes away while Cahors is a half hour drive and has a good market twice weekly.