Perched high above the already perched village of Lioux, the house faces the dizzyingly sheer cliff that rises behind the village; beyond are the Lubéron hills and the Alpilles. Sit and gaze from the sitting-room terrace and fall in love with the views. This is an independent farmhouse (18th-century, with thick walls for winter warmth and summer cool) that has been renovated with care, taste and imagination – even the lighting is original. Inside is a harmony of old timbers, working fireplaces, polished wood, white walls, rosy tiles. There are peaceful colour schemes, comfortable contemporary furniture, the occasional well-chosen antique and some definitely good modern paintings. Sleep happens in one fine big bedroom (more views) and two simpler smaller ones, ablutions in two modern bathrooms and communal things in the gorgeous kitchen, wonderful for family gatherings. A stream murmurs through the fountain in the generous terraced gardens, the pool lies discreetly low, the Lubéron regional park is all around and your literary landlords, who live next door, are delightful.