Snug amid two hectares of Mediterranean gardens, wrapped in jasmine, wisteria and roses, this cottage could come straight from a story book. It feels private, yet your generous hosts invite you for a Provençal meal on your first night. Lap up the mountain views, explore the woods, pick herbs from Regina’s organic garden. You enter the cottage through French windows to find a white, light and bright space with pale walls and blue hues: a lovely bedroom and a separate living area with rocking chairs, white quilts, muslin at windows, views to garden and forest… it’s enchanting. The second bedroom can be set up as a twin or double and the shower room is classy and big. The bright, airy kitchen has doors opening east and south onto those beautiful grounds – eating outside is a joy – and the pool area – for your private use. Your hosts, a delightful, cultured German pair who speak excellent English, will bend over backwards to make your stay special. Walk from the grounds to alpine foothills – great for gliding or golf – or spin off on a bike. You’re a short drive to good restaurants and an hour to superb beaches – wonderful.