Enjoy long lazy meals under the gazebo and raise a glass to the views: little Fayence and Tourrettes lie on the opposite hill, and you can hear the Sunday bells.
A long drive flanked by cedars leads to this Italianate villa, protected from others by a profusion of trees. The large garden spreads across four terraces and the pool is long enough for laps. Inside is atmospheric, with polished floors and frescoes, books, curios and solid antiques. Beautiful beds spread from upstairs to down, and into a garden studio.
Hop on the bikes for breakfast’s croissants; there’s a boulangerie on the road. Climb the hill for markets and shops; the villages are a five-minute drive. Book a table at ‘Le France,’ a wonderful little place in Fayence. In Tourrettes, head straight for the terrace of ‘La Vigne Vincent’ – for wine, tapas, and views.