This 13-room hotel in Languedoc, converted from a 17th-century convent, is the epitome of a romantic bolthole.

It has lots of rustic charm (flagstone floors, limestone staircase and an open-plan kitchen with one big farmhouse table), but also the mod cons you'd expect, including iPod docking stations, flatscreen TVs and a one-room spa.

Explore the cobbled lanes of the sleepy village of Hérépian or head to Pézenas for the Saturday market. Before tucking into modern French fare at L'Entrepôt, pick up cheeses, bread and local delicacy tielle (a tomato and mussel tart).

Then take it all back to the hotel for dinner (each suite has its own kitchenette - opt for a south-facing one at the back and you can dine on your terrace). Or you can sign up for the Table d'Hôte, with top-notch food from resident chef Michel Aninat served at the communal table or in your room.

WOW FACTOR: The cave-like Honesty Bar with lots of local wine.

FLIGHT TIME: One hour 55 minutes.

GO: Doubles from £105 (garrigaeresorts.com). Easyjet (0871 244 2366; easyjet.com) flies to Montpellier from £47.15 return.