Best for collectors: L’isle sur la Sorgue
Known as Provence’s antique capital, Isle sur la Sorgue has more antiques shops than any other place in France. There’s a market twice weekly (Thursdays and Saturdays), but the town also hosts major events such as the Foire Internationale à la Brocante et à l’antiquité. The Tuesday market in Curcuron, in the Lubéron, is also worth a visit, as are the ones in Bonnieux and St Saturnin-les-apt. ‘L’isle sur la Sorgue is also well located for the route from London St Pancras, with a direct train to Avignon TGV,’ adds Jack Harris of Knight Frank.
Located just on the edge of L’isle sur la Sorgue, this 19th-century house would be perfect for entertaining. It has 10 bedrooms, a large swimming pool and a beautifully landscaped garden of about five acres. €2.08 million. Knight Frank (020–7861 1139)