From here, explore the lovely coast, walk on the eastern ridges of the Pyrenees or visit Perpignan, all within half an hour’s drive. It’s easy to reach this 200-year-old mas from the highway that runs to the nearby Spanish border, with the last bit of the journey on a small road through vineyards. A local caretaker will greet you at the house, which is divided in two: light-filled Maison du Canigou is for 14 in six simply furnished bedrooms on three floors; Maison des Albères is similar but for 10 in five bedrooms. Spacious living and dining spaces have raised fireplaces and terracotta floor tiles. Bathrooms, a mix of en suite and shared, are practical modern shower rooms, except for one with a traditional bath. Colourful oils are dotted around, painted by Versailles-based owner Laurence, who used to come here for all her family summers. Her brother runs the family’s organic winery a mile away and guests are invited to visit. Each house also has its own terrace on different sides of the mas and area of private garden; there’s a splendid pétanque pitch, trampoline and saltwater pool to share too.