Le Loft des Lavandes - northern Provence

Rural without feeling remote, this converted stone-built gite set in an acre of gardens offers a haven of relaxation. Views from the pool area are simply stunning. A host of vineyards, medieval villages and outdoor activities are close at hand.

Our gite adroitly blends old and new. As you approach from your own private entrance and parking area, you are greeted by a traditional farm style house - built from local fieldstone - beneath a provencal tiled roof.

Inside, the feel is more contemporary. The upper storey offers an immense airy living area with exposed beams in skipping-stone grey. It has a state-of-the-art kitchen at one end (with induction hob, fridge, microwave and oven), breakfast bar and dining area. Beyond this is the spacious lounge, equipped with log-fire, TV and wi-fi, with expansive views across fields of lavender to the Alps in the distance.

From the lounge step through french windows onto a generous sun-drenched patio with BBQ. Adjoining the kitchen area is a cloakroom with toilet, sink, freezer and washing machine. Stairs descend to two wonderfully cool ensuite bedrooms: each has its own douche Italienne (wet-room) bathroom and french doors opening onto a small patio.