Stroll to butcher, baker, grocer, two restaurants: lovely village life. Return to a leafy back garden, a mulberry for shade, and peace in the hum of cicadas. The honey-stone house, once a farmhouse, now extended, is in perfect keeping with the village. All is on one level except for a sitting area on the gallery, it is characterful, roomy and has five French windows so you can drift in and out. Two lead to the patio from the living room – bright, beamy, homely, with its squishy sofa and open fire – and one leads from the kitchen, the hub of the house and astonishingly well-equipped (the owner even leaves a file of local recipes to try). Bedrooms are private and comfortably furnished (one brand new), with polished wood floors, Thai wall hangings and classic French flourishes. The master room has a ceiling fan and bathrooms are the business: walk-in showers, heaps of towels. Books, CDs, DVDs, honey, olives, fruits, fougasse, wine… these are the extras. There’s more: a charming couple to greet you, antiques at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, walks in all directions, and a delicious pool at the front.