Everything is ten minutes (or less) by car – walking, riding, sailing, beach lazing. And with your own shimmering pool (heated in the colder months) the stage is set for a relaxing holiday with family or friends. You’ll be met at the villa, a traditional new build, pale ochre with grey shutters, merging nicely into a hillside above Sanary sur Mer. Below are a mass of plastic domed greenhouses you pass on the steep winding road up; behind is a wood; beyond are blue hills and the distant sea. Big bright French windows open to a delightfully airy sitting/dining space: white textiles and walls, a tiled floor. Through an arch is the kitchen, smallish but well-equipped. Bathrooms are beige and tip-top, and every bedroom faces south. Two open to the patio (smartly furnished in wicker), three lie above, and the twin is in the basement, suitable for older kids. A child-proof wall surrounds smart terraced lawns.