A faultless Provençal house for big families or groups: pale green shutters frame south-facing windows, the garden is lovely and the pool is perfect for lounging. The owners have overseen the restoration and extension of their 1850s semi-detached farmhouse; Caroline, formerly a cookery book editor, has thought of everything for the fabulous marble-topped kitchen and she’s the visionary behind the garden while Jeremy, a modern art curator, has lined the walls with carefully chosen contemporary pieces. The floodlit living room has a good mix of modern furniture and antique finds from local markets. All the bedrooms (one down, four up) are large with calming tones and splashes of colour in the headboards; old tiles and beams have been kept where possible. Bathrooms (three en-suite) are swish and luxurious. Savour long lazy convivial meals (inside or out) after stocking up at the excellent Wednesday market at St Remy de Provence, a ten-minute walk. And you’ve got Aix, Marseille and Nîmes all within striking distance.