A sleepy place – come to doze, your silence broken only by the call of the sparrowhawk or the distant rumble of a car. This 17th-century olive mill once belonged to the château and stands at the foot of a venerable grove; the vast press is now a reception area where modern art hangs on ancient walls. The Moulin, a long, low, stone building with lavender-blue shutters and the odd climbing vine, stands in its own gardens surrounded by lavender and fruit trees. In the bedrooms light filters though voile curtains, shadows dance upon the walls. The feel is uncluttered, cool, breezy, with vibrant colours: turquoise, lilac, lime – luminous yet restful. This is an easy-going ‘green’ hotel where the emphasis is on the simple things of life. Edith and Nicolas use regional and organic food, boules is played under the cherry tree, poppies grow on an old crumbling stone staircase and views stretch across fields to village and château. There are great walks, bikes for gentle country excursions, a swimming and boating lake nearby, and further afield are the Cistercian abbey of Le Thoronet, the Gorges du Verdon and Digne les Bains.