In the heart of the Camargue, book in for an energetic, gastronomic short break and live as a ‘cowboy’! Frédéric is proud of his beautiful family farm – 250 bulls, 15 horses and swathes of arable land. He looks after you well too; find an elegant French country-farmhouse feel – no flounces or flummery, just impeccable style. Bedrooms are deep green or old rose; generous curtains are checked dove-grey; floors come tiled or wool-carpeted. There are eye-catching interesting pieces everywhere – a collection of fine pencil sketches and some bold artworks, an antique commode, a carved bedhead – and some rooms with mezzanine bathrooms under old rafters. Breakfast royally in the big family kitchen or on the wisteria-draped terrace, then drift over the canal to the secluded pool, encircled by teak loungers, scented with jasmine. We recommend dinner: the fabulous, innovative chef delivers light, regional food under a muslin canopy at tables aglow with Moroccan lamps; follow with coffee and cognac in the clubby cigar room or the seductive salon.