If you've ever fantasised about owning a charming French country hideaway and shopping at the local market for fromage and pain (in a Breton top, naturellement), this is the honeymoon for you.

A restored 17th-century stone-built convent in the Languedoc village of Hérépian, Le Couvent is an all-suite retreat that offers the French country house fantasy with luxe additions - stylish shower rooms with L'Occitane goodies, pre-loaded iPods on a Bose docking station and a spa in the basement.


Each room has a kitchenette, so pop to nearby Pézenas on Saturday for the market and stock up on baguettes and gooey cheeses as well as tielle sétoise, a spicy tomato octopus pie, for lunch on your terrace with a bottle of wine from the bar.

Dinners are table d'hôte (meaning the menu is chalked up on the wall in the morning and you can book in for that evening's line-up if you fancy it), either at the big farmhouse-style table, or just for two in a private corner.


WOW FACTOR: There's no better start to the day than croissants and homemade fig jam in the sunshine in the garden.

FLIGHT TIME: 2 hours.

GO: Mr & Mrs Smith www.mrandmrssmith.com offers double rooms from £110, while Easyjet www.easyjet.com flights to Montpellier start at £38.