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The heart of Provence

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In the heart of Provence, a short distance from Avignon, lies Le Clos Saint Saourde. Named after a spring (saourde in Provençal) that's found in its grounds, it's a cluster of beautiful buildings nestled among the vineyards of Muscat de Beaumes de Venise.

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There's a farmhouse (with two rooms and two suites – all seemingly carved out of the rock surrounding them, above), and a dry-stone holiday cottage called La Grange (which sleeps 8-10 people, below).

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New this summer, however, is a spectacular Treehouse. Supported on stilts, it looks out over the Dentelles de Montmirail.

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You can take in the view through the large bay window, or from the heated spa on its terrace.

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Inside, the treehouse theme continues. Created from wood and stone, it's sprinkled with antique objects from Asia.

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And all the creature comforts are there too – a queen-size bed, as well as a flat-screen TV, a mini bar, internet access, air conditioning and two large Italian showers.

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From its terrace, there's a 45-meter walkway that follows the canyon back to the farmhouse and swimming pool. I don't know about you, but I've practically packed my bags… RM

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Images: Le Clos Saint Sourde

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