Open the glorious doors to the leafy patio garden. Cook beneath ancient beams. Here, on the edge of a hamlet in off-track Provence, you enter a world of rare tranquillity, and all you hear are the birds.
Backing onto the woods and a former ochre quarry – ochre mines still operate in the area – this small sunlit farmhouse blends rustic old with spanking new. The house is also very well placed; ask the owners about the best places to visit. Walk to the boulangerie in little Gargas; stock up at the famous market in Apt: a Saturday treat, it’s a 15-minute drive. Don’t miss St Saturnin, even closer, with a small much-loved restaurant, Le St Hubert, and sensational views.
Come home to simple serene bedrooms, spotless bathrooms, and barbecues under the stars.