Delightfully, typically French. Having begun life as a hunting lodge before being upgraded to house a wine producer, this handsome manor is perfect now for families who relish the vieille France feel: magnificent curved stone stairway with iron bannister, fine old tiles and beams. Light pours in to high-ceilinged, uncluttered rooms – downstairs doors removed for an easy flow to the space. There’s a simple, practical kitchen, a long-tabled dining room, a piano, a friendly old rocking horse, beanbags, books, games, colourful modern light fittings. Things are family comfortable rather than overly smart. Tall-windowed, colour-washed bedrooms with garden views, share two large shower rooms and two separate loos. And there’s masses of space in the gated, walled garden too – where oleander, wisteria and lavender bloom – with its private pool, boules, barbecue, covered veranda, pointing cypress and poplar trees, and tree house! This is a great food and wine area – Uzès’ buzzing Saturday market’s a must. Do visit Roman Nimes; perhaps see bulls run in local towns, or visit them in the Camargue, a 40 minute drive away.