Oak and pine woodland screens these three acres. Discover the olive grove and the apricot orchards, find patios beneath fig trees, splash in the pool, and dine in the wisteria-strewn courtyard.
Named after the owners’ home in Japan, this lovely old mas has a cosy, homely feel despite its size. Books, photos and paintings adorn the walls, there’s a stuffed peacock in the living room, and a piano to play. Gather round the barbecue, nod off in the hammock, and retire to one of six bedrooms.
You can follow the canal and tow path that hug the grounds, or drive into Carpentras (4km) for restaurants: ‘Chez Serge’ is loved by the locals. Smaller Aubignan is good for shops; and markets and wine trails abound. Head first for the Maison de Gigondas, a 20-minute drive, for wonderful wine tastings. Follow with a meal at Les Florets, a spectacular restaurant in the hills above.