Marnaves, set in the rolling countryside of the Tarn, offers an idyllic setting for playing Baroque music, 50 miles north-east of Toulouse. 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 delicious meals in the sun complete with a wood oven, nestles against the village's Romanesque church. 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.

Places to visit nearby:

Cordes sur Ciel

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.

St Antonin Noble Val

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.

How to find us

Transport: by AIR to Toulouse (Easyjet/British Airways). By TRAIN using Eurostar from London St Pancras followed by TGV to Toulouse (book straight through from London to Toulouse). From Toulouse there are local trains to Cordes Vindrac (five minutes from Marnaves). Address: Marnaves, 81170 Tarn, France.