You’ll feel at ease immediately at the bottom of the dusty track in a dreamy landscape of vines, olives, cypresses and century old oaks. All the apartments (the ones upstairs with even better views) have original brick floors, beamed ceilings, antique furniture and wrought iron beds so you’ll absorb the history of the place even in your sleep. There are sofas to laze with a book or simply to stare at the views; traditional tiled bathrooms have showers.
Mini kitchens mean you can rustle up lunch or supper and you’re left basics as well as a welcome hamper of homemade jams, bread and coffee. At the reception the shop sells the owners’ certified Le Bertille red and rosé wine, olive oil from the estate and seasonal organic produce from the orchard and vegetable garden.
Wander paths scented with rosemary and sage, borrow bikes and cycle round the lake, walk to a superb local restaurant for lunch or unwind by the lovely pool in peace.