Best for views: the Lubéron
When it comes to postcard-perfect Provence, you can’t do much better than the Lubéron. Probably the most photographed lavender fields in the whole of France are in front of the abbey at Sénanque, near Gordes, but each and every hillside village along the valley offers dramatic and far-reaching views that are punctuated by beautifully managed vineyards and stone farmhouses.
‘Some of the special houses in the Lubéron villages have little gardens or outside spaces, so here you can have the best of both worlds—in the action, with views to die for, but with private outdoor space,’ says Jelena Cvjetkovic of Savills International.
This four-bedroom house is in the heart of Bonnieux, a popular village that was once home to John Malkovich. The south-west facing property offers uninterrupted views onto the Lubéron, the village of Lacoste and the valley below. €820,000. Savills (020–7016 3740)