This family-run hotel, in a village just outside Cannes, is the French Riviera's best-kept secret.

An ideal base for exploring the region (it's a short drive from Vence, Nice and Antibes), the 400-year-old Provençal house in the ancient town of Mougins is like a dream French retreat come to life.

Medieval stone walls in each of the five bedrooms are offset by an array of ornate tapestries, antique furniture and freestanding marble baths.

Breakfast is taken alfresco, under the shade of olive trees, while the owners will rustle up a home-cooked delight of king prawns for a private candlelit dinner (the landscaped garden twinkles with tea lights after dark).

WOW FACTOR: The Gypsy Suite - a caravan in the landscaped garden renovated using beautiful fabrics and salvaged timber from a local monastery.

GO: Doubles from £173 B&B ( Easyjet ( flies to Nice from £53 return.