A gentle place to stay beneath the wind-singing umbrella pines, your little holiday home is the ground floor of the owners’ house yet you can be as private as you wish: there’s a pretty terrace and garden just for you, and even your own drive for the car. The Mortiers have done a beautiful, simple conversion using soft ochre-limed walls, lamps, tables and rugs from Morocco (they lived there for 30 years), wooden furniture and an excellent big shower room. It is all high quality, there’s plenty of storage and no clutter. Cooks will love the battery of equipment in the little green and yellow kitchen; simple white crockery decks the old farmhouse table; the sofabed in the living room hides behind a curtain at bedtime; the terrace is perfect for morning shade, the hammock for sunset vigils. Walk or bicycle out into the quiet countryside where grapes and olives grow, take the children to the nearby ‘Ecology’ centre or leave the car in Jacou and catch the tram to young and lively Montpellier for a shot of culture or shopping. A perfect marriage of city and country living.