Tout privé; the 18th-century stone house hides in a cloud of olives and oaks pierced by a long, winding track. But there’s no hiding the views, which slide out over a gorgeous Provençal panorama before splashing into the Mediterranean. The house has had a marvellous makeover, in which old beams, fireplaces and tomettes are joined by modern travertine bathrooms and a superb new marble kitchen and balconied master bedroom. The Holworthy family’s personal touch is evident in the handmade ceramics and blend of Edwardian English and classic French – a sleigh bed in one room, a walnut armoire, antique dressers, a touch of brocante, a sitting room alive with art and fresh flowers, a TV snug under a curving ceiling. The whole house is beautifully looked after. Outside, olives, oleanders, agaves fight for space, a heated swimming pool teases you down from the stone-flagged terrace; or settle on loungers with meat from Lorgues’ Tuesday market smoking on the barbecue. Thick walls are oblivious to summer’s heat – let children loose on nearby aquaparks, or join the Riviera set.