Imagine a tiny Provencal village with a sun-dappled café-bar, an excellent auberge, a ruined castle, and a square off which lies Maison Noel. Enchanting, historic, and partially shaded by an old lime tree, it is the home of a charming and well-travelled hostess. The heart of the house is downstairs (open fireplace, country kitchen), the décor is stylish and soothing, and you can spill into a heavenly garden for supper (borrow the barbecue!). A perfect springboard for Provence, with a capacious bed to come home to and your own secluded patio. Artists and romantics will not wish to stir.