Emerging from glorious countryside, the sight of low-slung seating, colourful cushions and a garden full of flowers and fruit trees is an inviting introduction to a superbly stylish villa. And outdoors, by the fantastic pool, is where you’ll want to remain – in tranquillity, after a swim and a barbecue. Then pad back up terraces to gîte or studio, each classy and open-plan, mixing vivid Provençal colours with cool stone walls and immaculate tiles; rooms are airy and bathrooms, in wood or stone, are thoroughly luxurious. Children will love climbing the ladder to their mezzanine bedroom; they can stroke the friendly chickens and collect eggs too! The kitchens are equipped with all that a chef needs after a day exploring the Côte d’Azur; the gardens have lots of little places to eat and sit – stone tables and recesses for an apéro, dinner, card games – and are beautifully illuminated at night. This villa is imbued with the grace and impeccable taste of Carole and Max; so fine was his handiwork on the reproduction stone it resembles the craftsmanship of medieval Saint-Jeannet, a 15-minute stroll.