You just know you’ve arrived somewhere special when you roll down the drive flanked by plane trees to this gorgeous old stone house. Its restoration by owner Joan, who’s on hand should you need anything, is a triumph. With meticulous attention to detail she’s kept all the best bits: ancient beams, exposed stonewalls, terracotta tiled floors and added antique furniture, art and all the mod cons you’ll need: under floor heating, WiFi, Sky TV. Glide up the curved staircase to three large, light bedrooms each with sloping ceilings and south-facing garden views. You’ll sleep deeply on excellent quality beds with lovely linen; and the smart en suite shower rooms are piled high with fluffy Ralph Lauren towels. You’re within walking distance of the village of Reillanne, which has a great Sunday morning market; the larger town of Cereste isn’t much further. Once you’ve stocked up on supplies, Joan leaves you plenty of basics, you can whip up feasts in the handy kitchen and eat alfresco – the gardens are a dream with views gently descending to the long pool and boules area with stunning vistas of the Grand Luberon valley beyond.