Welcome to the Gaillac, where banks of vines cloak rolling hills, and the wineries are a joy to visit. Wind past fields of wheat and vine-covered hills to the edge of the Grésigne Forest, here is the hamlet of Cabanes, where a former bakehouse has become a holiday home – comfortable, cosy, and exceedingly well cared for. There’s a snug lounge and a well-kept kitchen and dining room downstairs, and two simply furnished bedrooms up, both are attractively beamed. Families or couples will be happy here. Liz and Graham live in the adjacent farmhouse, discreet but helpful should you need them; they leave you generous supplies including a bottle of local wine, and can book you into an ‘apero night’ at a vineyard close by. From the terrace, a lawn slopes down to wildflower meadow paths and your own private swimming pool. Sniff the lavender and dine under the pergola, as swallows skim the pool and the wood pigeons coo. The setting is peaceful, the gardens graceful, and the farm buildings lovingly maintained. In St Antonin stock up at the market, hire bikes, go kayaking; visit medieval Cordes-sur-Ciel high on its hill.