Lounge by the pool as classical music plays; sip wine under the plane trees. This 18th-century house of magnificent proportions, surrounded by green gardens and grounds, is a short drive from Arles.
Interiors in reassuringly traditional style are personalised by objets from the owners’ travels. Breakfast is a sumptuous affair at pretty tables; dinner comes with local wines. There are four drawing rooms where log fires smoulder, and a smoking room with a grand piano. Gilbert and Olivier want their guests to feel at home.
Pop into Arles for shops, restaurants, museums…and the amphitheatre, a stunning venue for bull-running, bullfighting and concerts. Arles is also the gateway to the Camargue, whose marshy wind-blasted delta is home to bulls, flamingoes and wild horses. Set off on a safari.