Step in from the village square and be catapulted into the early 17th century. This captivating house has belonged to three master potters; ateliers still exist in the village. The living area is a cool sweep of the palest terracotta and the kitchen has a La Canche (the Rolls-Royce of gas cookers). Beneath a vaulted ceiling, a majestic staircase transports you to big bedrooms that bring instant seduction: sisal floors, pale timbers, delicate ironwork, generous wicker. Some have slanting skylight windows, others overlook the garden. Stonework has been left exposed where possible, old walls stand at jaunty angles, hand basins have been crafted to fit into uneven walls and showers have ‘sunflower’ heads. Ron, whose office and suite are downstairs, has kept the soul of the place intact but introduced a contemporary feel, and a smattering of colour in textiles and tiles. Stone martins nest in the courtyard, the garden is sweet with lilacs, apricots and figs, the pool resembles a Roman bath and peaceful Varages comes with market, shops, restaurants and bars. Head for the deep Verdon Gorges and watery adventures!