Relax on your leafy patio, as the children frolic in the pool. Meet the other guests over wine tastings, or fun weekly dinners in the sun. This retreat is hard to beat, thanks to its owners Philippe and Véronique.
This delightful pair have thought of everything, from fabulous kitchens to a games room for wet days to a genuine welcome for all. With its striking 19th-century winery, white gravelled courtyards and verdant gardens, the domaine oozes southern charm.
Pop into the village for breakfast’s croissants: it’s a two-minute stroll. Cycle the tow path of the Canal du Midi; take a picnic to the beach at Narbonne (35km); discover medieval Carcassonne. Return to elegant living areas dotted with antiques, and big lofty bedrooms on the top floor. Of all the gites, Sauge and Safran are the stars.