Stroll to the village’s three restaurants and its shady squares; they come to life at aperitif time. Recline in the shade of the chestnut tree as birds sing, cicadas hum and the children splash in the pool. The garden, a walled oasis, is a mix of lawn, shrubs and trees, and big enough to include ample parking (a godsend).
Due to the gracious proportions of this 18th-century house, each room feels private and spacious. Watch a DVD in the screening room, choose a book from the library – there’s even a piano to play. What’s more, thanks to two kitchens and a two-storey wing at the rear, you have the option to rent five bedrooms not ten.
Hop in the car for Avignon to discover its wonderful but little-known collections of art, or the hilltop Frigolet Abbey, one of the most authentic, least visited abbeys in Provence.