Next to a vineyard, surrounded by woods and skirted by a river, this place is all about the outdoors. Take the riverside walk to Contignac, kayak on Lac Carcès or hike the Gorges du Verdon. Your base is a sturdy, frill-free farmhouse, long and narrow with terracotta floors, low beams and a mix of exposed stone and white plaster walls. Rooms are compact and furnishings are neat – white-painted or plain pine chests and tables, modern chairs – with colourful kilim rugs, Moroccan lamps and a wood-burning stove adding warmth and colour. Bedrooms, though plain, feel country-fresh with wrought-iron bedsteads, muslin curtains, striped rugs and bright bedcovers. The two annex bedrooms are more spacious and contemporary. Be aware, the downstairs bathroom is small if you’ve a full house; the galley kitchen is well-equipped. Plenty of outdoors eating areas overlooking the vineyard and wildflower meadows. For days at home, there’s a pool to sunbathe next to, shady mulberry trees and your very own olive grove to explore. Very French!