Enter what appears to be a backdrop to the Knights Templar (and there is much evidence of their occupation in this area) with steel studs in the vast front door, wall lights fashioned as ‘flaming’ torches and a wrought-iron chandelier over the dining table. The sitting room is filled with antiques, a few books and has an open fireplace, but much of your time will be spent in the courtyard by the pool. Here you’ll find another big table for al fresco meals, a stone barbecue and, leading off it, a beautiful Mediterranean garden.
Bedrooms face the courtyard to remain cool, one of the terraces is shaded, and there are ‘secret’ places to read or doze in the shade of mature trees with the scent of lavender and mimosa wafting about. A basket of local produce is left for you which includes Banyuls liquor – a delicious apero.
You’re near to beaches, creeks and coves along the rocky coastline.