Opposite the 17th-century canal bridge this elegant shuttered townhouse is a real gem. Light generous spaces, a smart stone staircase, fine old tile floors and soft colours give this house warmth and atmosphere – you just know it has stories to tell. Le Somail is a bustling village with a wonderful épicerie on a barge, boats punting up and down the Canal du Midi, a handful of eateries and an art gallery; all encircled by countless vineyards. Step through the wide front door into the hall, off here is a comfy living room overlooking the square, snooze on grey linen sofas and armchairs in front of the fire. The open plan kitchen diner is a triumph: the super modern kitchen will keep cook happy, serve up your creations on simple white china in the graceful dining room. Upstairs simply furnished airy bedrooms have neat en suites and canal views, and there’s a five-bed dormitory that kids will adore. Your shady terrace and pool area gaze out to undulating vineyards with not a neighbour in sight. Immerse yourselves in all things boaty, visit vineyards, take a trip to Narbonne for culture.