Next to a vineyard, surrounded by woods and skirted by a river, this place is all about the outdoors. Take the riverside walk to Cotignac, kayak on Lac de 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, there’s traffic noise from the nearby rural road at busy times and the second downstairs shower room is small if you’ve a full house, but the main bathroom is more spacious with a roll-top bath. The galley kitchen is well-equipped and full of natural light, and you have 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!