The high walls and antique door of this 17th-century fortified farmhouse protect a courtyard where pots and statues, arches and columns, bougainvillea, balconies and shutters create a harmonious atmosphere. Inside all is gently faded glory and family history; Nanette, who lives upstairs, will welcome you and the grounds are for your exclusive use. The fine big sitting room opens onto the lemon grove, its table and Moroccan lights for summer suppers, and there’s a fireplace in the dining room for winter evenings. The library is full of books and board games, interesting pictures and objects from the family’s worldwide travels are everywhere, as is a well-directed sense of colour. Bedrooms are light and spacious – one has contrasting designs of antique inlaid wood and modern metal; the ‘Moroccan’ room is exotic with its domed ceiling and richly tiled bathroom. The kitchen has everything you need for cooking but you can hire a cook. Stay in the lovely quiet garden by the pool, play tennis or visit incomparable Greek temples, little ports and islands and the famous Dancing Satyr.