In the violent and disputed lands of medieval Europe villages needed to be turned into forts at the first sight of iron spears coming through the fields. This hotel is a converted a fortified village built in the 13th Century. Your room is in a 17th Century convent and decorated in the traditional country style – lavender scented with thick duvets. Your balcony in the sun overlooks the charming cloisters or private park. The restaurant serves a French menu using fresh, local ingredients and wine supplied by their own cellar. Spend an idle afternoon poolside or explore the historical town and local wine regions. Walk through fields smelling warm grass and citrus fruits. Explore the artisan markets with food so delicious it’s illegal in America. But then again, perhaps it’s time to stay-in and indulge in that Gallic trinity: coffee, making love and wine.