In summer, find shady spots in the grassy grounds and swim lazy laps in the pool. In winter, you can go barefoot across heated, recycled, terracotta tommettes that cover every floor. This rambling 18th-century sheep barn, surrounded by orchards, olive trees and fields of sheep, has been simply and elegantly restored.
Thick stone walls flow into a vaulted ceiling on the cavernous ground floor, with big kitchen windows at one end, a stone fireplace at the other, and French doors opening to the garden. Beamed bedrooms are spread across the top two floors.
Hop into history-rich Lambesc, a five-minute drive. Pick up breakfast’s croissants, stock up at Friday’s market, and taste the Chateau de Calavon’s organic, aromatic wines. Its vineyards were once owned by the Princes of Orange.