A beautifully restored, impeccably decorated 19th-century winemaker’s farmhouse on the side of a vineyard-braided hill, Maison°9 is elegantly ochre-pink with faded-green shutters under a flat curved-tile roof. The bedrooms, all different, all plush, are on the ‘outskirts’ of the main house, while the suite is at a discreet distance down a little path screened by bamboo. Expect big double beds, excellent linen, cool pink and weathered satin-finish terracotta floors, Italianate dipped-floor monsoon-head showers and small terrace gardens: simple, chic perfection. Paved paths lead through a delicious little garden bursting with pots of rosemary, thyme, lavender, sage, pebble beds of kentia palms and olive trees in wooden containers, to the centrepiece: a raised limestone pool lined with canvas loungers and surrounded by a sleek overflow wall with views across wooded hills to the grandiose ‘Charlemagne’s Crown’ cliff face. A spectacular breakfast served in the main house sets you up for a ten-minute traipse to the beach, or you can just chill to the clonk of pétanque. Intimate, spoiling, special.