A party atmosphere reigns at this spotless roadside hotel that the attentive owners – German-Swiss Nina and Franco-Italian Thierry – run with clockwork precision and sustainability in mind. Nina looks after you and Thierry conjures up superb food: inspiration from his Italian grandmother. Join in the preparations or sit and enjoy it all in the big beamed dining room or, in summer, under the soaring plane trees on a terrace lit by twinkling lights and candles. Children eat and then potter to their hearts’ content. Plainish bedrooms vary in size, with neat quilts on firm beds and views over fields; bathrooms, some with superb Italian showers, are tiled top to toe. Nina knows everyone and can rustle up almost any local delight, from Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine tastings to Lubéron bike trips, trout fishing with the family or golf at one of 15 courses. A favourite is a guided nature hike to gather culinary plants and herbs; for collectors of brocante, popular L’Isle sur la Sorgue is up the road. Return to a kids’ playground and a family-happy roadside pool.