This grand old house dates from the 9th century and is set in the foothills of Mount Ventoux Biosphere Reserve. Sylviane the house manager will greet you along with the butler, Jean Paul.
Breakfast by the poolside on home-grown cherries, apricots, almonds and honey from Xavier’s bees; come evening dine on the winery rooftop or shaded patio. Sample award-winning wines, swim in the heated pool, play tennis or take a cooking class; you can also watch a film in the home cinema or browse the well-stocked library for a book and read in the salon or the terrace.
The nearby hilltop town of Crestet has narrow, cobbled streets, a medieval castle, an art museum, and good restaurants – Xavier recommends L’Epicurien or La Loupiote pizzeria. Carpentras, a 45-minute drive away, has a famous market on Fridays with hundreds of stalls; Avignon is an hour away.