Andrew and Lucy's house has a huge music room, complete with balconies either end with an early-nineteenth-century organ, two harpsichords and ample space for a Baroque orchestra. The garden, which is all set for fantastic meals in the sun complete with a wood oven, nestles against the village's Romanesque church and the Mairie, which provides a third space for chamber music, is just across the village square, where the locals play boules. There are walks in every direction from the village and on one evening we'll walk to a favourite picnic spot, feast and sing under the stars.
Seven kilometres away, this medieval fortified town with walls and gates to protect the Cathars is well worth exploring. There is a fantastic view of the surrounding countryside at the top and several museums, a pottery and many small shops selling crafts.
Set on the banks of the Aveyron, this town - a centre of Protestantism during the French Wars of Religion - is a web of ancient winding streets and interesting buildings including the twelfth-century Old Town Hall with a carving of Adam and Eve. It has a huge market each Sunday morning.
Transport: by AIR to Toulouse (Easyjet/British Airways) By TRAIN using Eurostar followed by TGV to Toulouse. From Toulouse there are local trains to Cordes Vindrac (five minutes from Marnaves). Address: Marnaves 81170 Tarn France