In a charming hamlet, near the medieval town of Cordes, is this pretty 17th-century house where you have complete independence. Inside there’s a cottagey, friendly feel with old beams, exposed stone, a creaky staircase and rustic French furniture. Downstairs is flooded with light on a sunny day; slump into truly comfy chairs, warm yourself by the open fire on chilly days, treat yourself to something delicious from the market and cook in the compact, well-equipped kitchen. You can eat inside on an antique table or out in the garden with its loungers and barbecue. Bedrooms are filled with character and charm: antique mirrors, family photos, toile de Jouy curtains and easy chairs; the bathroom is large, and has beautiful old tiles handmade by Pierre or his mother. There’s a pool to cool off in (shared with the owners) and a delightful Italian-inspired garden filled with lavender, herbs, roses and flowering shrubs. Quietly elegant Isabelle is on hand if you need her, Les Cabannes is a five-minute stroll and it’s all very romantic: cosy in winter, cool in summer, surrounded by blissful countryside and rolling hills.