Chemin de Vernedes – near Sommières
Roulotte for 2 from £80 per night
Not suitable for children
Not suitable for pets
Once home to Alfonso the daredevil leopard-tamer (so Nella, the owner, would have you believe!), this colourful roulotte is a hundred years old and was built in Montargis for the circus life. It's a whirl of fairy lights, vintage finds, mirrors and gorgeous Provençal quilts, postcards, prints and books, and a musical library of Gypsy jazz. A cupboard in the bedroom reveals a bright pink loo and basin closet; the gas shower is a dash outside to a hut.
Though the wagon is completely self-contained, you can easily live half inside, half out, a lifestyle perfectly suited to the south of France. There’s a light and airy outdoor kitchen a few feet away, with gas grill and a vintage zinc bar: pour some cocktails and watch the sun set over the mountain Pic St Loup in the distance. Your breakfast table, under a shady pergola, overlooks the training ring for Nella’s Lusitanien horses, and you will be really well cared for by your hosts.
This is a dreamy destination... Take it easy, or go exploring nearby: the charming town of Sommières has a great market on Saturday mornings, and the pretty medieval village of Sauve has plenty of good places to eat and little streets to wander.