Think wisteria, wild cherry, gorse and prickly pear, fig trees, olive trees, palms and pines. And you, lying by the pool, surrounded by terraced gardens running up the hill, the scents of the south tickling the senses and the breezes in the trees to unwind to. As for the villa, there at the top of a 20m drive, it’s a marvel: open, airy, and generous in every way, stylish yet original, immaculate yet laid-back. All generations could happily mingle, just as long as they were sprightly (many outdoor levels). Apart from swimming in that 5m x 15m pool, there’s so much on tap: table tennis, boules, TV, WiFi. The wraparound veranda is long and wide, the terrace is drenched in sun all day, and the kitchen is a hedonist’s delight – cocktail shakers and coffee makers a-go-go! If you tire of cooking, hilltop Saint-Jeannet is a four-minute drive, little Gattières is equally close, and there’s a takeaway pizza place to walk to. Then there are the bedrooms, two at garden level, two below (so your party can be four or nine), bright, modern and delightful – deluxe mattresses, ethnic touches, and bathrooms awash with light.