When you need a break from hectic city life, consider a stay among sun-soaked landscapes and vineyards in the Tolouse countryside near the Mediterranean.

One of France’s recent openings, Le Couvent d’Hérépian, offers a magnificent setting in the idyllic village of Hérépian within the Regional Park of the High Languedoc. The restored 17th-century convent combines old-time charm with modern luxury and draws visitors from both near and far away.

Every one of the 13 sumptuous suites at this bed & breakfast boutique hotel features a full kitchenette with microwave, hob, coffee maker and fridge, flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, free WiFi, preloaded iPod and dock, Blanc d’Ivoire bedlinen and L’Occitane toiletries. For a private balcony with panoramas out over Hérépian and the Monts d’Orb, reserve one of the upper floor’s four south-facing suites. The split-level Garden Suite is another option.

After a breakfast at the communal table of the Salle à Manger, why not catch up on some reading by the fireplace in the Salon, unwind in the relaxation pool under the vaulted ceilings of the subterranean spa, or visit the antique markets of neighboring Pézenas. End your day with a variety of tapas and a glass of a little known vintage in the cellar bar.

For more information on Le Couvent d’Hérépian or to book a suite, visit Le Couvent d’Hérépian, Languedoc-rousillon.

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