In spring, water gushes through the 170-hectare estate: the 12th-century Knights Templar created myriad irrigation channels, the life-source of this stunning place. The bastide keeps it fortress-like proportions and bags of character and charm. Martina and Claude, the proud possessors of the EU Ecolabel, love it all and their passion for sustainability and living carbon-zero shines through: they’ve planted over 4,000 trees and have installed a photovoltaic charging pod for bikes and cars. The main house is arranged around a central patio, with stairs leading to the bedrooms above. Simple Provençal furnishings are lit by huge windows, floors are terracotta. Breakfasts are scrumptious; dinners put the accent on Provençal produce and their own wine. In the cellar: music and a mini cinema. Also table football and a heated pool with a view, a sauna, a Turkish bath and a well-stocked library. Beyond is Mont Ventoux for daring cyclists, Gorges du Verdon, Cotignac, St-Maximin-la-Ste-Baume. An isolated and eco-paradise for all ages, overseen by a charming family, donkeys, Shetland ponies, swans, ducks and geese.