It’s so friendly here you’ll feel like you’ve joined a jolly house party. Monique and Chris welcome you with a glass of wine, serve breakfasts (with home baking) at a shared table on the terrace and arrange barbecues in the large garden. Their light-filled Provençal farmhouse, edged by a canal for easy walks, is elegantly shabby-chic. Large, beamed bedrooms have soft colours, French quilts and views over vines, hills or Mont Ventoux. Bathrooms are crisply modern. There’s a sunny open-plan living area (with kitchen) and pool and shady corners in the lavender-filled garden. Explore Avignon and markets; return to a comfortable, sociable home.