Come to Paradix if you’re seeking a week of minimalist perfection in discreet surroundings, and a village centre you can walk to: Nissan is a lively little place with bars, market and shops. The handsome gateway is 19th-century but the interiors are resolutely modern: old and new coexist effortlessly in four spacious apartments. Study or relax in large, light sitting/dining rooms, where striking blues, reds and yellows in natural fabrics are offset by light woods and white walls: a restoration from old stables and outbuildings by architect Colin and his wife Susanna. Kitchens are immaculate with every mod con, and the bedrooms are stylishly simple. Lighting is excellent, beds are dressed in crisp linen, and central heating keeps you toasty in winter. In summer, swim in the delicious pool, read under the plane trees, sniff the jasmine, stroll among the roses and oleander, or take a drink to a private patio. Set off for Béziers, the lovely tree-lined Canal du Midi or the Oppidium d’Ensérune, the nearby site of a a Gallo-Roman settlement.