In a sweet, sleepy village, a skip from a river you can swim in, is this charming grey-shuttered house. It is owned by two down-to-earth designers in love with the Languedoc, excited to share their new home with guests. Inside: a delicious mix of old and new: tall windows, polished tommettes, a winding stone stair, deep mattresses, big rain showers. Upstairs are the bedrooms, warm, berugged and sprinkled with antiques, and a two-room family suite in the attic, flooded with light and blessed with a little sun terrace. After a sumptuous breakfast, cruise the Canal du Midi – Jon and Mel have their own boat.