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 a weekly welcome supper of local produce with wine, served on the wisteria hung terrace. 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.