An especially fun place on a higgledy, colourful pedestrian street, two minutes’ from the beach. Behind the traditional facade of this old fisherman’s house is a modern holiday home for a couple or families. The independent studio (available separately) is at street level, then up on the first floor is a double and twin-bedded room, each with shower room, and on the second is a large open living and dining space. There’s a seriously equipped kitchen (the owners are keen cooks) to one side, a big dining table and, at the far end, two sofas, one of which converts to a bed. Find a pleasing scattering of Moroccan rugs and fabulous floor to oak-beamed-ceiling windows. Floors are wooden, walls pleasingly irregular, furniture a successful mix of antique, rustic and modern; light pours in between majestic beams; walls are white-painted except for the open stonework behind the kitchen and the light-filled mezzanine. There’s an extra sofabed, loo and basin up here too. You get views of the Mediterranean and Collioure, with its six beaches, buzzes all summer of course. Perpignan’s 30-minutes by train.