Reached down twisty lanes, this solid house of soft-gold stone is on a hillside with views of valleys and distant blue hills. Gabrielle and Steve live in Kenya –there are Swahili touches everywhere –and you’ll find kitchen basics, plus local honey and wine.
Four sitting rooms on three floors means there’s plenty of space for everyone –and a vast choice of books in the library at the top. Swim in the curvy pool, sit out on the broad shaded terrace or in the well-planted Mediterranean garden; you can fire up the barbecue and dine alfresco.
Walk into the village for fresh bread and an excellent seafood restaurant, or just a coffee with the locals at the café on the corner. Rent bikes or walk out into the enduring peace of the woods and hills that surround the village; Nîmes and Montpellier are an hour’s drive away.