Here is a restoration that is both beautiful and rustic. You arrive at the creeper-clad 19th-century farmhouse by a very pretty back road through wooded country. Inside, a friendly, calming home full of antiques swims in crisp light. Walls are exposed stone or white, the floors are terracotta, the ceilings are beamed in heavy oak: sense the weight of age. The master bedroom has a good big bed and a romantic feel, a couple of bedrooms come with stripped pine boards, another, super-private, is entered by a staircase that rises from the covered courtyard where pots grow colour. You will find two huge open fireplaces in the sitting room, a big rustic dining table beneath more great beams, a generous and delightfully designed kitchen. Good teak furniture stands on the terrace and the lawn runs down to the pool; there’s a vegetable garden you are welcome to plunder and a marked trail that leads from the truly gorgeous garden into the hills. Dutch Monique is friendly, hands-on, bakes her bread daily and is a great cook. Wonderful.