Vineyards behind, open fields in front, manicured grounds and an immaculate house: perfection in Provence! Sleeping eight in unrivalled comfort, it’s ideal for families, with toys, games, cots and highchairs galore, and a fenced pool. It’s also a place for those who want to get away from it all; the only sounds you hear are the birds and, come summer, the cicadas. Enter to find rooms well-proportioned, tastefully furnished and flooded with light, from the excellent kitchen to the living/dining area (opening to the patio and pool) and the two en suites on the ground floor. Upstairs are two more en suites, with lofty ceilings and high beams, reminders of the original bergerie. As for the area – it’s marvellous. Stock up at the market at Lourmarin, bask on the beach of the Lac de Bonde, explore the Luberon vineyards (some old, some new), hop in the car to classy Aix, plan a day in wonderful Avignon. This feels remote but not too remote; up on the hill is the pretty village of Grambois, while the nearest café is a stroll, on the fountain’d square of little Peypin d’Aigues.