Such elegance in this 17th century ‘hôtel particulier’, a grand private house with heavy wooden doors through which carriages once trundled. Step through the courtyard and into the fig, palm and oleander of the owners’ garden, looking up to see the remarkable arched and covered balconies above, where it’s said that playwright Molière once acted for the powerful Prince of Conti. Follow in his shoes up stone stairs to the apartment on the second floor. Retired dress and costume designer Corinne is your welcoming host and lives on the same floor, the fifth generation of her family to do so. There’s all you need – modern kitchen, double bedroom with good quality linen, comfy sofas and working fireplace, a second double bed behind a screen in the salon and a serene bathroom, all in white and slate grey. And best of all the wonderful loggia, where pots of jasmine scent the air and a Virginia creeper gives shade – it’s dreamy to dine out here with the setting sun and a roof top view of this lovely small town. Shop at the all day Saturday market, fish or swim in the Hérault river, drive to the coast for sandy beaches.