Stock up at Tuesday’s market in Gordes; come back for lunch in the shade of the plane tree. This renovated farmhouse in five peaceful hectares is lovely for a family gathering. Wide stone steps lead to a treehouse in the woods, and there’s a large vine-fringed pool.
In summer, mown paths are peppered with wild thyme and orchids; in winter there are log fires. It’s a relaxed spacious home with a salon, dining room and TV den, and a kitchen made for keen chefs. Pop into Velleron (a four-minute drive) for coffee and croissants; treat yourself to dinner in historic Pernes-les-Fontaines: the food at L’Auberge de la Camarette is a delight.
Art lovers spread your wings and set off for Avignon’s townhouse museums: the charming 18th-century Angladon; Fondation Calvert, full of unexpected treasures; and the impressive, up-to-the-minute Collection Lambert.