The vibrant village of Octon lies at the edge of the Salagou Lake among red ruffe rocks and vineyards, and it’s here that you’ll find this beautifully renovated, light and comfortable house. It’s right at the entrance to the buzzing village square (with fountain, épicerie and hotel), perfect for people watching from your vine-covered terrace as the sun goes down behind the church. There’s no garden, but you do have another more private terrace for siestas and summer meals, with views to the distant hills. It’s special indoors too; fine red leather sofas in the living room with its original Gard stone fireplace, an upright (and tuned) piano and warm wooden floors and soft grey walls. The kitchen is spotless, with Provençale tiles and everything a real cook might need. Cosy bedrooms in restful colours have parquet and terracotta floors, painted furniture and good beds, and there are two stylish shower rooms and a separate loo downstairs. Visit the farmers’ market in summer, fill your days with walking, cycling and wine-tasting, or make the most of the lake and sail, windsurf and fish.