Built in the 1800s, behind imposing gates, this is the last home on the island to retain its decorative fascia. Not only is the house beautiful, it is listed, and your welcoming English hosts are there to greet you. Enter an open-plan living area divided by a central stair, awash with light from generous windows… with polished wood floors, immaculate beams, and a chic palette of whites, greys and deep red. Sink into the large corner sofa by the fire; lounge in the decked courtyard garden, spacious, sunny and enclosed. Unless you have tiny tots – note the small pond – this is a perfect place for a family, with the main bedroom on the first floor (bathroom en suite, loo below), two bedrooms on the lower ground floor that share a bathroom, and a harmonious flow throughout. As for the village, it’s off the beaten track and all the more charming for it. There’s a church whose tower can be climbed, two markets, independent shops, tempting restaurants. Surf, sail, stroll to the beach, visit the island’s markets and bring back your spoils – to a kitchen as delightful as the rest.