Lots of history to soak up in this 500-year-old mas, set in eight acres of lovely gardens and with views of the village ramparts above. Beautiful apartments sit around the roofed courtyard with a pool to share too. Friendly Kate and Graham live next door (with dogs and chickens) – their thoughtful restorations and extras are spot on – find an iPad loaded with information and a welcome app, bikes, open-air cinema nights in the courtyard, fresh bread delivered daily and drinks in the garden, with local wines, aperitifs and Provençal canapes. Across the courtyard, steps lead up to Le Grenier, a former grain store for four, and Le Murier, the tower for two, which connect across a dining terrace. They’re also bookable together to create a self-contained space for six. La Bergerie, the barn for two has vaulted ceilings and its own private, secured courtyard – perfect for dog owners. Dine at one of the several restaurants in Lussan, one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France. So much to do – visit foodie Uzès, hike in the Cévennes, go wine tasting and visit Roman ruins such as the extraordinary Pont du Gard.