This remarkably restored 14th-century barn is set just outside the hilltop gem of Simiane la Rotonde, once the regional capital of lavender, and is surrounded by vast purple fields and olive groves.
There’s a sense of peace and space, with rooms gathered around a central terrace filled with geraniums, and you have a small but lovely walled garden to yourselves. Josiane, kind and intelligent, lives in the priory next door – you’re welcome to swim in the large pool in her garden.
A bakery, bar and restaurant are just down the street, and there are a few more shops in the village. The Abbaye de Valsaintes, four km outside the village, has a beautiful rose garden and restored church, and you can drive to Banon or Apt in less than 15 minutes for more shops, restaurants and typical Provençal markets.