The house is only 5 minutes by car from the charming hill-top village of Viens. Amenities there include a lovely cafe/bistro, Le Petit Jardin - so if you do not feel like cooking you can just jump in the car and have a wonderful meal (with great value for money!) - a good grocery shop, and an excellent baker. The town of Cereste is only 15 minutes away (which has an excellent butcher's shop) and the nearest big town, Apt, has two supermarkets and a lovely city centre with plenty of intresting local shops. Other charming hill-top villages such as Menerbes, Gordes, Bonnieux, Roussillon, Lacoste and Oppede le Vieux are also a short 30 minutes - 1 hour drive away. Explore the Farmer's Markets in Apt or Lourmarin
Coast/Beaches: The nearest beach - Carry Le Rouet, Marseille - is 1 hour away. Cassis is 1 and a half hours away, and the Cote d'Azur (St Tropez, Canne, Nice, Monaco) are approximately 2 hours away.