You will be private, quiet and supremely comfortable on the edge of this remote community-minded village. Built on ancient vaults of the famous Pompignan stone, the house is twisty and full of character, the shower rooms are the latest in design and fittings, you will revel in two gardens, three staircases, two sitting rooms and two kitchens – one inside, the other under the open canopy by the pool; it’s particularly ideal for groups of friends. The Mortiers have done a beautiful conversion of soft ochre-limed walls, linen fabrics, lamps and tables from Morocco (they lived there for 30 years) and some glorious bits of brocante alongside sturdy wooden furniture. The bedrooms are independent of each other so there’s no noise; your neighbour, Cécile, cooks for the village café-bistro (don’t miss it) and will deliver meals, too. Walk to the friendly café and bakery then out into the remarkably wild and untouched Cévennes, or visit the magnificent bamboo forest at Anduze, medieval St Guilhem le Désert, lively Montpellier… You will be greeted with a glass of champagne and a generous basket of goodies by thoroughly welcoming owners.