Robert and Nataliya’s home sits snugly amongst the Dentelles de Montmirail in the market town of Lafare. With superb countryside on the doorstep, it’s popular with active types. It’s also the perfect place to unwind, with five bright rooms, each with a fresh bathroom, garden area and mountain views. Breakfast of fresh croissants, jams and fruit salad is served on the terrace, a riot of colour with its abundance of plants and hanging baskets. Marvel at Mount Ventoux, meander through pretty villages, explore Avignon, sample the Châteauneuf-du-Pape and return to cool off in the pool. Eat in or out: restaurants are close by.