You can see for miles up here. 360-degree views overlook the rolling countryside of ‘Little Tuscany’, a grassy patchwork quilt of fields best seen from the bedroom of the gîte’s watchtower. Ten wood-floored bedrooms and two shiny kitchens have terracotta floors, chunky beams and ancient stone fireplaces.In summer there are trees to give shade and a pool to cool off in; on chilly days light the fires and cook market-sourced meals from nearby Lavaur. There’s so much space you can escape with ease, but this is a place for joining in.Drive into the countryside for sleepy villages and shuttered farmhouses daubed in traditional duck egg blue. In a little over an hour you can reach the episcopal red-brick city of Albi, the fortified ramparts of Carcassonne or the shaded waterways of the Canal du Midi.