Such a treat to stay in this elegant, mellow house, on three floors: kitchen and sitting room on the first, open stair to bedrooms and bathroom on the second, and a vaulted summer kitchen below. There’s an exquisite courtyard with a water ‘bassin’ where you can potter or lounge with a glass of rosé as sausages sizzle on the grill. The upstairs kitchen is chic and sleek with stone fireplace, long wooden table, beautiful antique chairs, flagged floors. There’s modern art above the big double bed and a fabulous bathroom. Come with others and rent Rue Baratier, the house next door, through the garden gate. It’s equally charming, beamed, terracotta-tiled and on three floors with an open-plan living area, winter-welcome fireplace, peaceful, stylish bedrooms and its own little courtyard too. This is the land of sunshine and dreams: Roman Nimes, medieval Uzes, beaches, sand dunes and the Pont du Gard. As for lovely, unspoilt Calvisson, it has a sprinkling of everything: restaurants, creperies, flower shops, bakeries, and a Sunday market. Delightful.