A treat to stay in this classy conversion of a 17th-century half-timber house in the fine old centre of Puylaurens. A door from the street leads via a paved, covered walkway to the lawned garden. All is serene. Young English/Brazilian hosts welcome you to cleverly modernised rooms – one per floor. Exposed stonework, ancient tiles, an iron bedstead; good lighting, sprung mattresses, white cotton bed linen; smart shower rooms. The dining and sitting room below have polished wooden floors, off-white paintwork and bright colours in contemporary furnishings. Breakfast well here at one handsome table, or in the courtyard.