Provence: 30 best places to stay
La Bastide de Marie, Ménerbes
This ultra-elegant stone bastide set in olive groves and littered with art is in the countryside where Peter Mayle set his "A Year In Provence fantasy". So it's no surprise to find lavender-scented gardens and magnolia groces, as well as antique chic guest rooms with original wood beams and stone floors. Foodies can tuck into a £76 cooking demo that includes lunch, or hunt for truffles in the surrounding hills. Nestled in 23 hectares of vineyards belonging to the Domaine de Marie is La Roulotte, an emerald green gypsy wagon with Marie ANtoinette interior.