Charming, elegant and stylish, this irresistible hillside retreat up a quiet country lane is perfectly located for a mix of restful days around the impressive pool and jaunts to nearby Aix and the surrounding towns. Inside is an attractive mix of old and new: tiled floors, a well-equipped kitchen, carefully chosen antiques contrasting with bold red walls and modern art, strategically placed lamps and coffee tables piled with books. Bedrooms are in white and muted tones, with splashes of colour in paintings and traditional patterned French linen. Bathrooms are smart and fresh. Cook together in the kitchen or BBQ outside, whittle the evening away around the large dining table, then sink into sofas in front of the fire. There’s table football and table tennis, and plenty of room outside for kids to burn off energy. Gardeners are in for a treat, too: olive trees, lilac, lavender, wisteria, roses, flowering cherries and fruit trees are all here. Nip into Aix (ten minutes) for shops and restaurants, or be at the coast in under an hour. The Luberon, Avignon, Marseille and Orange are all within striking distance.