The view from the pool leaves you silent, the timeless Cévennes hills rolling away into the distance. Les Planas is a great family house with six bunks as well as four double rooms and various sitting spaces. Built on several levels and standing quietly in its lovely terraced garden, it has been beautifully restored by the second generation of the Galgey family, without spoiling the atmosphere. Inside, it is delightfully light and white with the odd stone wall and terracotta floor. The super open-plan kitchen-diner has space, all the equipment you need, pretty pottery and prints and a door to the covered veranda whence you can wander into the garden with your mug of coffee. Bedrooms are excellent, with soft-coloured French quilts and lots of storage; all separated by landings and steps; the gorgeous master bedroom has its own balcony overlooking the garden, stripped pine doors and a superb new bathroom. There’s lots to do here for both young and less young – walk, climb, cycle, swim in the heated pool; visit the superb bamboo forest in Anduze or Roman Nîmes, take the steam train up to St Jean du Gard – children love it – and nothing is very far.