This peaceful villa is set above the old town of Menton and Ventimiglia in Italy and has incredible views of the coast below. Jeanetta has her quarters in the lower ground floor and will give you a key to come and go as you please.
Breakfast is served around the kitchen table or the terrace – baguettes, local jams, fresh fruit and vegetables from nearby markets; ask about evening meals. You can sit out under the shade of fruit trees in the large garden and use the barbecue to make your own supper. The salon has books and games for the rare rainy day and there’s a shared terrace outside the bedrooms with sun loungers.
A gate in the garden wall leads to a walking trail to the coast that takes about 20 minutes – get a taxi back or drive in ten minutes. There are good restaurants both in Menton or Ventimiglia, from the three-Michelin starred Mirazur near the villa to casual pasta and seafood places.