In through the gates of Hubert’s exquisitely tended park and well-tree’d gardens; you’d never guess the centre of Aix en Provence was a seven-minute drive. Polyglot Caroline is a people person whose hospitality goes beyond her warm welcome. A passion for antiques is evident throughout her house, as is a talent with fabrics and colours; bedrooms combine comfort and cool elegance, fine linens, thick towels, special touches. Admire the rose and herb gardens on the way to boules or pool, then set off to discover the music and markets of Aix. A jewel of a bastide, a home from home and worth every sou.