This restored barn is very spacious and the grounds excel – five acres with a swimming pool, a poplar plantation and your very own lake. Sarah and her family live across the courtyard with their two well-behaved dogs but like to give their guests lots of privacy.
A welcome hamper has wine, snacks and dog treats – your pets are very welcome. The kitchen is a pleasing blend of old and new and has space for two to cook at a time; the living room has board games, books and a useful information pack. Sit out on the cobbled terrace that runs the length of the barn or in the summer kitchen, which has a barbecue and drinks cooler.
Stroll into Cazals for a decent auberge, a bakery, a butcher and a bustling Sunday market that draws in locals. Medieval Sarlat is a 40-minute drive and there are castles galore to explore.