Bring a group to fill this imposing château and enjoy its restored grandeur all to yourselves. Built in the hamlet of Pierrerue by a local who made a fortune overseas more than a century ago, its exterior is solid and simple. Inside, it’s more Provencal and large windows flood the rooms with light. Gorgeous painted tiles pattern the floors and elaborate fireplaces sit in the high-ceilinged salon and dining room, with piano for musical guests. Bedrooms are mostly on the first floor, each with touches of colour – pick turquoise and green, red, or pink perhaps. Bathrooms have shiny white metro tiles, original porcelain sinks and baths, one or two with more modern showers. You can while away hours by the pool, stroll the splendid lawns, eat on the huge terrace and admire views of woods and distant Alps. Book the chef next door if you don’t want to cook in the big kitchen, or walk to the bistro in Pierrerue. Plenty more eateries in lively Forcalquier too, five minutes away by car through fields of sunflowers, plus a Monday market. Go further for the splendours of the Verdon Gorge, Lure mountain or the lovely Luberon.