Avignon’s ancient ramparts are framed in the windows of this super-central apartment. With regular trains now scheduled from London, you can leave your car behind and use this charming place as a launch pad for exploring the city’s cobbled streets. Step through a discrete door into the traditional whitewashed building; a staircase with original tomette tiles leads up to the comfortable apartment. Delightful owner Aïda is on hand to meet and greet guests, while a welcome bottle of wine awaits inside. Lovely old beams endure from the building’s past as a 19th-century ‘relais de poste’ and family home, but the décor today is relaxed and modern. An airy, open-plan space contains a neat little kitchen in the corner, a wooden table for four and a cosy, blue leather sofa to settle into with a good book. Two simple rooms have firm beds dressed in pretty Provençal linen, and there’s a brand new bathroom with a walk-in shower to wake you up in the morning. Stroll from your doorstep to visit the fascinating Palais de Papes or the Pont St-Benezet; visit in July to experience the atmospheric Festival d’Avignon.