A fascinating house. Outside, you see a typical large Provençal villa standing in its lush, well-kept garden. Inside you’ll find an eclectic cosmopolitan gathering of pictures, Persian rugs, Indian sconces and lanterns giving the feel of a much-loved family home to which you would like to be invited. The living and dining rooms are big and light and lead to shady terraces; the kitchen is small yet well-equipped and entirely practical. The superb master suite is above the larger salon; three other bedrooms are on the ground floor; all have antique chests, painted bedside tables, ceiling fans and attractive new bathrooms. The beautifully designed pool is enclosed on two sides by another bedroom suite. No chance of being bored with the DVDs, boules, trampoline, table tennis and indoor board games provided – and the summer kitchen area has all you need to entertain a big party. Lorgues, with its terrific weekly market, is less than an hour’s walk through pine forest and you are surrounded by vineyards. The spectacular Gorges du Verdon, the Lac de Sainte Croix and the famous Provençal beaches are all about an hour’s drive.