La Ferme Du Soleil is a special place. Arriving through the grand wrought iron gates into the central courtyard shaded by the wise magnificence of a great horse chestnut tree you are assaulted by the best view I have ever seen. 80km to the great peaks of the Cevennes, a seemingly endless ascending succession of hills catching every light and shadow imaginable, you are rooted to the spot, and just sitting back on one of the luxurious sun-loungers with a glass of the local wine, a basket of fresh bread and a bowl of virgin olive oil at hand seems the best objective for the entire vacation. But once you've managed to pry yourself away from the glory of it, you find a beautiful mas enfolding the courtyard incorporating and extended from a C17th silk mill which has been converted into a calm and elegant family home. It flows beautifully and feels easy to occupy. All the rooms are spacious and have charm, but the centre of the house is the kitchen diner, a superb vaulted 15m room with a space age kitchen at one end. Acres of grounds planted with olives and an intimate sun-soaked pool area complete the vision of the perfect hideaway. We've rented Renaissance castles and Venetian palaces, but La Ferme Du Soleil is the finest discovery we've made.