Price From $71
A couple of years ago, Virginie and Philippe Vue, young professionals from Normandy, gave their lives a makeover.
They moved to the sleepy hamlet of Le Coux et Bigaroque, about 20 miles west of Sarlat, where they spruced up three stone buildings once affiliated with the church across the street; there are 15 guest rooms.
Though the lodgings are still somewhat humble, the surroundings are so lovely you'll easily forgive a few spots on the carpet: The courtyard is filled with flowers and trees, and the Dordogne flows just half a mile away.
In fact, a short walk takes you to one of the river's few official beaches, where there's a lifeguard on duty during high season.
The Vues live on-site with their three children, who'll share their slide and swing set with younger guests. Families will also appreciate the larger rooms, which can sleep four or five.
Breakfast and dinner are served in the airy dining room or outside under the trellis. Le Chambellan is closed in December and January. Half pension is $136 for two people.