Escape here to Florence’s peaceful little ‘cabanon’ on a hill among fields and woods and forget the buzz and sophistication of the city. French windows make the single-storey cottage bright, and the living is easy between the bedroom and open-plan living area with its simple kitchen.
You have a little garden to sit out in and a plunge pool for cooling off. You’ll also find shade and birdsong under plane and chestnut trees. Florence leaves you wine and fruit; bring back good things from Aix’s fabulous food market to eat out on the patio. You can stroll along to a seafood restaurant in ten minutes; the Red Pepper restaurant is a bit closer and has music.
Discover Provençale treasures all around but do visit nearby St Maximin Abbey and the Grotte de Maria Magdalena; taste the wine and walk the vineyard trails at Château Lacoste – you eat well there too.