Lagnes is a small and charming village close to famous ones like Gordes and Isle sur la Sorgue, but meriting no mention in the guidebooks. It probably isn’t somewhere you would make point of visiting, but if you landed there by mistake you would not be unhappy. You can eat in Lagnes, you can go to the bar, buy some bread and cheese for a picnic, and walk about to discover some photogenic 16th century buildings, panoramic views, and one very unusual hobbyist.

Lagnes is raised above the Luberon plain and if you carry on to the back of the village the land keeps rising and gives you a great view to the Alpilles with Lagnes in the foreground. From here you can set off on a walk to the north and encounter remnants of the plague wall (Mur de la Peste), built in 1720 to keep out the disease that was spreading from Marseille.

In the village the chateau dates back to the 13th century, and is in private hands. Walk around to the south side of the chateau and you will come across an unexpected site – a miniature village of stone bories (shepherd’s huts) is colonising the rock the castle is built on. These are the creation of a retired villager who lives across the street, and he takes great pleasure in making them, then placing them on their rocky perch.