Vézénobres caps its hilltop site with a crown of unspoilt medieval stone. Famed for its festival of figs, the village brims with arts, crafts and festivities, and is inhabited all year round. Find the clock tower in the old centre, then climb the townhouse stairs to your charming gîte. At the top, simple, airy and inviting, is L’Hirondelle; steep stairs take you up to the smart bedroom with black iron bedstead and a romantic terrace for stunning sunsets – and barbecues! The open-plan living space has views of vines, hills and woodland, a big open fireplace, books and games for cosy nights, a farmhouse crockery cupboard, a long pine dining table, a small but well-equipped galley kitchen. Below: a pretty walled terrace with a plunge pool and pots of bright flowers; eat out in the fig tree’s shade. Welcoming owner Julie and her husband live nearby. There’s wonderful hiking and biking through spring-flowered countryside, ideal for active, post-buggy children. Return to the village square, beautiful with its historic fountain playing, and several places to eat in high season.