Enter the hall of this immaculate townhouse in Bize-Minervois, to be greeted by owners who love to spoil. Sandy serves up cocktails on silver trays, Richard creates bountiful breakfasts and dinners. Consummate hosts, they are full of surprises and fabulous fun touches, from chandeliers in the garden to gourmet picnics for cyclists.
Lounge in the garden, sitting room, or in your own suite: the bedrooms are spread over two floors. Find dreamy beds, lofty ceilings, fancy cornices, and charming period floors. One room has its own terrace overlooking the garden, another on the top floor has a spacious seating area which feels nicely private.
Not only is the area great for foodies and wine lovers, it’s stuffed with history too. Set off for medieval Carcassonne (45km), or Narbonne, old capital of Gaul, an easy drive. Cycle along the languid Canal du Midi, kayak down the Cesse, or swim in the village. The lovely leafy river is a two-minute stroll.