This historic château is formidable, its walls impregnable and the views are wide. It has been in Odile’s family since the 1950s so she knows the region inside-out too: set off on walks from the doorstep and explore Vaucluse, Drôme, Ardèche and Gard. Drive to the famous underground caves of Aven d’Orgnac and Grotte de la Cocalière in 30 minutes.
Sprawl out in the huge living room, bathed in sunlight with exposed stone walls, comfy sofas and Odile’s sculptures. Pick up organic produce from the market on Saturdays and gather everyone to cook in the well-equipped, country-style kitchen.
For wild swimming and canoeing head to the Gorge d’Ardèche (30-minute drive), Barjac (35 minutes) for antiques and markets, and Nîmes (one hour) for fascinating Roman remains. Return to a picnic in the pretty walled Italian garden, shade yourself under the mulberry trees, walk among the flowerbeds.