The welcoming aperitif sets the tone. Rob left a demanding job to turn this graceful 19th-century merchant’s house into an elegant, relaxed home. Stone stairs curve to two floors of bedrooms, soft with silvery colours, chandeliers and chic bathrooms. Balconies with French windows look over the town or gardens of the nearby château. Painted in the subtle hues of Farrow & Ball and beautifully beamed, the open-plan living space is coolly stylish: antique mirrors, books, oversize table lamps. Breakfasts are served at the white dining table. Explore harbours, beaches and Meze’s fish restaurants. Gentle hosts, serene surroundings.