From the hall, peep through the double doorways at the sitting and dining rooms. Splendour! With two glorious chandeliers reflecting in the gilt-framed mirrors at each end of this long reception suite, you are transported back a couple of centuries. Surely the chamber orchestra will be tuning up soon, sending notes floating over the exquisite period furniture, high ceilings, tall windows? Yet this 19th-century gem is lived in and loved every day, thanks to delightful Anne-Marie and Bernard, who also produce an award-winning wine and delicious olive oil from their 600 trees. They nurture some superb specimen trees, too, out in the park. The traditional bedrooms are all on the first floor and range from cosy to spacious: ‘Iris’ the smallest in pure white and grey, ‘Cerise’, larger, with deep pink spread, ‘Raisin’ with Louis XIII chairs and marble-top dresser, ‘Les Genêts’, sunny yellow with a roll top bath. Grab your shopping basket and visit the local market, there is a summer kitchen next to the pool. There are wine visits, a hammam and two lovely apartments for longer stays.