An avenue of olive trees leads the way to Christophe’s glorious vineyard near Montagnac. Here, in the deep peace of the Languedoc countryside, two cheerful gîtes are among a cluster of lovely old buildings framing a walled central courtyard. Surrounded by acres of vines and swept by sea breezes from the coast a few kilometres away, it is blissfully secluded. There’s an apartment for four and a cottage for six – each with private outdoor space shaded by mulberry trees. Inside, both are bright, simple and spotless with 1950s-style dressers in the kitchens and a wood burner in the cottage for cosy winter evenings. There’s not another house in sight from the gorgeous shared pool, just unbroken views of vines and sky… Kids will love roaming freely on bikes and playing boules in the courtyard; grown-ups can visit the cave à vin to sample the Domaine’s elegant wines or retreat to a shady corner with a book. Wonderful walks start from the property and wild swimmers will be in heaven with the sea at Mèze, the beautiful Hérault river and the Salagou Lake all close.