Wind past fields of corn and vine-covered hills to the edge of the Grésigne Forest and the hamlet of Cabanes. At this lovingly nurtured group of 18th-century farm buildings, the bakehouse has become a holiday home, and the owners live in the farmhouse, Les Hirondelles. When they’re not there, a group of 11 could take both.
Watch butterflies, smell lavender, laze under the pergola, or follow the mown path down to the private pool – it’s all yours, plus views. You can stock up at the market in St Antonin Noble-Val (20km), hire kayaks and bikes, ride horses, or head off for the steep cobbled streets of medieval Cordes-sur-Ciel.
Liz and Graham, happy to share their insights into this lesser known wine region, can book you into an ‘apero night’ at a vineyard close by, and recommend favourite restaurants. Should you fancy a longer drive, the vibrant city of Albi (its cathedral a Unesco site) is under an hour.