Writers, poets, singers and artists have all fallen under the spell of Collioure. Tucked away in the old quarter (blissfully car-free) is this three-storey, narrow (but with a well-designed staircase) fisherman’s cottage. Beautifully restored, it has pale painted beams in the sitting room, a palette of soft whites and creams, modern prints on the walls and the odd stripe for a jaunty nod to a nautical theme. You can hear the sea from the bedroom, restful with lovely linen and soft blues and greys, and if you put your head out of the window you see the sweep of the bay. The compact shower room is tip-top modern while the bright vaulted kitchen (reached from the front but not from the rest of the cottage) has a dining table and plenty of pots, pans and provisions; this is a proper second home to owner Heather and friend Sue. If you bring a car, you’ll be parking it in town, but you can do everything on foot: you’re a five-minute stroll to shops, markets and restaurants and a hop to the beach. Best of all: your own table and chairs in the quiet cobbled street for an evening drink. Paradis!