Leave the beautiful town of Cotignac to enter the vineyards and drive up the lane, to a large clearing of sloping fields and majestic walls guarding an ancient bastide, and outbuildings, pool house, tower and wells. This rambling place has not been stripped of its character; indeed, its lived-in charm is what makes it special. The relaxed owner meets, greets and retreats to a smaller house up in the woods, handing over his beloved home to you. It’s an authentic and generous place that’s been extended over the years, with bikes to borrow, ping pong to play, fields and vineyards to lose yourself – or your kids. Leave your designer tastes behind; thrill to nooks, crannies, rambling corridors and three staircases. Bedrooms mix blankets, artisan bedspreads and books; the cluttered kitchen comes with delicious goodies, including fruits, nuts and olive oil; and a single room is tucked into the tower, reached by a gorgeous stair. Relax with a book in the shade of the loquat tree, as the scent of herbs wafts on the air. Dive into the deep, deep pool.