Down winding lanes, past the pretty church of Andillac, to arrive at a wine estate surrounded by sunflowers – a mini ‘resort’ with bucolic views. If you’re looking for a mix of sociability and seclusion, you find it here. Carefully considered landscaping guarantees the three gites privacy, while a pool, tennis court and restaurant are shared by all. As for the gites, you can choose between ground-floor Duras, upper-floor Mauzac, and La Grange, large, airy and sleeping six with extra mezzanine space. We admired them all, with their cool, sunny, well-proportioned rooms, their high pale rafters, their sleek kitchens, superb bathrooms and beautifully dressed beds. Throw open the shutters to that big summer kitchen where you feast on Provençal dishes and potager delights. If you like to eat out, little Cahuzac is a five-minute drive, and gorgeous Gaillac is not much further. Perfect for wine lovers too; Margaret & Jack’s vineyard and winery Clos Rocailleux is just across the valley.