Behind the ancient green door in the mellow stone wall lies a wonderful surprise. The building is a former convent (one of many!), built in 1596 in lovely L’Isle sur la Sorgue. Step inside to find a rustic-chic restoration. The theme is neutral and natural, with old beams and new wood floors, honeystone walls, big tactile rugs and warm splashes of colour. Off the entrance is the dining area, with a rustic planked table, a bench to match and a simple, sleek kitchen alongside. Off the open-plan sitting area (fun armchairs, pendant globe) a huge glazed arched doorway opens to a narrow white courtyard with wicker basket chairs. And then there’s the bedroom, with its designer row of coloured lights behind the big bed. As for the bathroom (stone trough basin, walk-in rain shower), it’s one of the finest. There are books, maps, music, satellite TV, and Marlyse’s list of her favourite restaurants; there’s also a private parking space a five-minute walk away. And the town? The church is baroque, the brocante is stunning, the river Sorgue flows through, and the Café de France, close by, is legendary.