Situated in a charming little town, right off the Place de la République and up a charming street, this house is the kind of place that makes you feel very special. From the spacious kitchen and cozy sitting area on the ground floor to the spacious salon and bedrooms on the second floor to the summer kitchen opening out onto the over-sized terrace on the top floor, every detail has been thought out with smart and comfortable touches throughout. The house is situated on a hill literally at the gates to a 13th century castle, and has a commanding view of the red and brown tiled roofs of the town. This was our second visit and because Beaucaire is so centrally located we did not duplicate any activity from our stay last year. Within a half hour’s drive you can get to the stunning Roman aqueduct at Pont du Gard (great for swimming and kayaking), the Abbey de Saint-Roman, the ancient fortress of Les Baux de Provence, Avignon, St. Remy, and Arles. Expand your parameters out to an hour drive time and you can swim in the Mediterranean at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, rent bikes in the hilltop town of Gordes, or explore the Roman ruins of Vaison-la-Romaine. Day trips will find you hiking, swimming, or visiting beautiful wineries, and when you get home you can kick off your shoes and have a simple dinner of bread, fruit, and cheese at the most beautiful spot you’ve probably seen all day – your own terrace! The owner is terrific, and the caretakers, Dennis and Griet, are friendly, helpful, and readily available. If you stay here (and can manage to tear yourself away from the view from your terrace) make sure to have at least one meal at Cecile’s – a small, five table restaurant right down the hill where the menu is whatever Cecile feels like cooking that evening. Whether you tire yourself out exploring the countryside or just walk down to the outdoor market to pick up something for that night’s dinner, at the end of the day, when you are watching the sunset over this beautiful town it would be difficult to come away with anything other than the feeling that life is very, very good indeed.