Enjoy the company of Sinsay and his guests on the sun-dappled breakfast terrace. Fruits from the garden, eggs from the hens and views stretching to the Cévennes. This 18th-century mansion, its south wing a former coach house, sits on the main street of a wine-growing village. Behind its gates lies another world.
Three generations live here, in luminous rooms filled with personal touches: grandfather’s paintings, grandmother’s quilts, a young child’s decorations. In the part-wild garden, find a secret corner, laze beneath the cedar, dip into the pool.
Nearby, discover Sauve, an unspoiled medieval town beside the river Vidourle, and Anduze, where you can buy garlanded garden pots and see the famed bamboo forest. Then it’s back to a (pre-booked) dinner: vegetarian with an oriental touch.