What a setting. Tucked into a corner of the square in one of the loveliest medieval villages of France, with its own perfect abbey, is a three-storey house imaginatively and atmospherically restored by a set designer. Imagine white walls and golden oak floors, an apple green rug, a brown leather sofa, delightful glass globe reading lamps, enchanting Deco touches, vintage brass beds dressed in fine linen and little balconies overlooking the square where tourists sit in the shade of the hugest plane tree in France. Steep stairs lead to the two upper bedrooms; the bathroom below is lovely (good lighting, great shower); the kitchen, sleek and charming, leads to a peaceful, vine-shaded, south-facing terrace, below which is a secluded walled garden, with a hammock for siestas and a barbecue for meals. Trout linger in the stream that passes at the bottom of the garden. There are cafés and market stalls in the square, free parking close by – a huge plus in high season – and delicious swimming in the river; choose your favourite beach. Cobbled, cultured Montpellier is a 35-minute drive; vibrant markets abound. Bliss in rural France.