This house, these hosts and Pézenas itself are a treat. Gilles is French and ran the family vineyard for years – he’ll give you tasting tips. Ruth is English, an interior architect and talented jam-maker – breakfasts won’t disappoint. You share their lovely home in a green part of town, in a beguiling, mature garden with a curvaceous pool. All is elegantly stylish but not too grand. Rooms are quietly, comfortably attractive: softly painted, striped and parquet-floored, park and garden-viewed. Pézenas will absorb you for hours with its brocante, antique and craft shops, its market, music and theatre – and many eateries.