Birdsong, rushing water, rustling leaves… half-way up Mount Canigou, in the Mediterranean Pyrenees, this lovely old fruit farm, perfect for couples or families, stands in 11 verdant acres with dreamy views of green-cloaked mountains. Immensely restful, it makes the bumpy journey worth it. Four separate gîtes are perfect for singles, couples or families and all have their own outdoor space and terrace so you’ll feel nicely private. Interiors are cool and uncluttered with whitewashed walls, simple old pine furniture, tiled floors, comfortable beds, modern kitchens and bathrooms. In cooler months you can light the wood-burners and keep toasty warm, in summer splash in the pretty shared pool with its heavenly views. Wander the lush acres around you to find rare Cameroon sheep, some Catalan donkeys and hens from which you may buy your breakfast eggs when they are laying. Simon and Ashley, busy but friendly, live in the farmhouse and know the best walks, cycle routes, the closest restaurant, café and bar (a 30-minute walk). The coast and Perpignan are good day trips, there is much to do in this area of France.