'Very relaxed, an excellent place to unwind,' is the verdict of one visitor to Mas des Brugassieres, a modern farmhouse at Plan-de-la-Tour set in lush gardens surrounded by vineyards. 'Yes, it's got a laid-back feel,' says our reporter. The tone is set by a huge wooden sofa from Sumatra piled with Indian cushions, with plenty of pot plants dotted around, and a friendly, shaggy dog padding about.
  Bedrooms are fairly basic but cheerful, with rustic tiled floors, functional furniture, Indian fabrics and Moroccan lamps; the Provencal tiled bathrooms are each in a different colour. Some lead directly on to the pretty, rambling garden and swimming pool. Breakfast is informal, served from 8 am until whenever you like, or you can rise late and have brunch by the heated swimming pool.