Up steps and along a lavender-lined path to this secluded hillside retreat. Flowering broom and sweet peas rub shoulders with evergreen oaks, linear vineyards and, in the distance, history soaked Villemagne-l’Argentière. Sun dapples onto decking, a hammock is waiting and a canvas sail protects you from summer’s soporific heat.
This traditional country home has local stone walls, tiled floors and robust beams; book and music collections live under the stairs. Stoke the open fire, lounge in the sitting room, or gather in the kitchen around stockpiles of market-bought charcuterie and St Chinian wine. The bedrooms are very private – ideal for two couples travelling together and the converted attic is great for extra guests. You’ll find all the basics in the kitchen and a bottle of wine waiting.
Hire mountain bikes, puff to the top of the hill, paddle in the river just below you or walk further for deep water and diving holes.