Appley Hoare is one of my favourite shops in London and now I’ve just found that they have a cottage in France for rent. Since their shop, now closed at the Pimlico Road location in London, specializes in 18th and 19th century French antiques, this makes sense. Appley Hoare are dealing from their website and from their base in France now.
As you might expect, the house is marvelous. It's in the Gard in south-west France, between Nîmes and Montpellier, so relatively easily reached by plane and train – take the TGV down from Paris.The house was once owned by the winemaker who supplied Napolean’s troops, although the pool’s probably a bit more recent than that.