Slip through narrow streets to a beautiful house in exquisite gardens. The rich silk merchants of Avignon once lived here and your worldly hosts Olivier and Laurence usher you in with a coffee or glass of wine. Take it to a comfy sofa, or one of the garden’s secret places, with only birdsong and the whisper of scant breezes in the trees to break the silence.
There’s a Moroccan feel here, hidden behind high, cool walls with a long, inviting swimming pool for cooling off. Return to the five south-facing bedrooms – each quiet, private, quirky, with cossetting beds and bathrooms. Breakfasts of local organic juice, pastries, and various jams and honeys is served to you on the gravel terrace or in the kitchen but feel welcome to make yourself a snack or drink if the mood strikes.
Avignon and wider Provence are at your feet. Walk to the famous Pont, Palais des Papes and the waterwheels of rue des Teinturiers, graze the covered food market on place Pie. Make trips to Uzès, Arles, Nîmes; climb Mont Ventoux, wander lavender fields or the hills of the Luberon and Alpilles.