To celebrate the launch of our Limited Edition Love Home Candle - the first in our collection to use beautiful tuberose essential oil - we asked Oliver of luxury villa holiday company Oliver’s Travels to tell us where in the world we can find the luscious bloom…

There’s an old legend in France about tuberose, a beautiful white flower with a heady, enchanting scent. It states that young women should be especially careful around the plant after nightfall, as those who breathe in its sweet, distinctive perfume would find themselves rather more amorously inclined than was strictly good for them. Considering the plants were first cultivated in French monasteries specifically for their scent, we’re certainly hoping brothers who have taken their vows didn’t spend too much time wandering their gardens after dark...

Seeing as tuberose grows best in warm climates, it can be found as far afield as Morocco, China and Southern America. In France, however, it was mostly grown in the sunnier climes of the South. For those willing to risk the flower’s aphrodisiac effects, there are plenty of places throughout the region where an evening walk through beautiful countryside may well have you encountering the flower’s distinctive aroma.

The province of Languedoc boasts some of France’s most stunning countryside, and the area has literally thousands of countryside walks for lovers young and old to choose from. The foothills are ideal for a romantic ramble, foregoing the rather steeper mountainous areas for verdant, hilly valleys often brushed with the elegant lines of vineyards. There are some stunning luxury villas and chateaux peppering the landscape from which to begin to walks – as well as somewhere warm, welcoming and comfortable to return to after your excursion.

The well-known province of Dordogne is also a prime destination for those who enjoy mixing romance with a little walking. The region is criss-crossed with gentler walks, which can extend through groves of walnut trees and up to cliffside hikes. You may well find yourself stumbling into the kind of fairytale villages you’ve only dreamed of, and if you do, you’ll find nothing better than the food at the local restaurants. Dordogne is rightly praised for its gastronomical quality and variety, and those small, candlelit tables with a sprightly bordeaux and amuse-bouche can cause romance to spontaneously blossom in even the most most exhausted of ramblers.

But if you feel like hunting for the scent of tuberose in a slightly more rugged environment, what not swap the rolling countryside for something a little more windswept and interesting? Corsica is rightly famous for the GR20 trail, a true challenge for even the most committed hikers at 180km in length and taking roughly two weeks to complete – it’s often regarded as one of the most daunting walks in continental Europe. But that doesn’t mean that those who’d prefer a more leisurely pace aren’t catered for, with a wealth of trails that take in the stunning coastlines and the gulf of Ajaccio. The views really do have to be seen to be believed.

Yet the scent of the tuberose isn’t one that exclusively has be hunted out in the wild – it’s often found in perfumes and can be enjoyed everywhere thanks to the perennial popularity of tuberose in bouquets of cut flowers. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you about that old legend...

If you’d like to attempt your own horticultural ramble through the South of France, Oliver’s Travels has a stunning portfolio of quirky and luxury villa rentalsthroughout the region. Head over and see where your nose might take you!