Space, peace and much to explore. Acres of parkland surround these three stone-built gîtes, outbuildings of the 16th-century château. While the kids make hay in the sun-drenched grounds, you can slip into the fenced pool (shared among the gîtes) or gaze on the view. In a mad moment, you might even play tennis: a court lies hidden among the trees. Nicely separated, each gîte has been renovated by the McDougalls to keep its Provençal charm, the largest being La Grange, whose open-plan living room – great beams, exposed stone walls, three blue sofas – is vast and lovely. Floors are terracotta, furnishings are contemporary and uncluttered and quirky features have been retained – a feeding trough houses loo rolls, a hayrack carries towels. There are fireplaces for winter, terraces for summer, kitchens are well-equipped and bedrooms light and breezy with pretty bedcovers – toss a coin for the bedroom in La Grange with the terrace. Look forward to walking, riding, the Lubéron National Park, festivals in Aix, restaurants in Pertuis… the delightful owners live in the chåteau and can organise babysitting, too.