In the hilltop village of Montauroux, on a pretty quiet street close to the square (cafés, market, bars) is this whitewashed townhouse with orange shutters, both elegant and understated. Austrian Elisabeth, warm and delightful, leaves Provence in winter for Vienna, and offers her ground and first floors to guests. Inside is equally delightful; you get a smart, neat kitchen, an open-plan dining room full of light, and a contemporary sitting room you’ll not want to leave. White walls, chunky beams, sofas, books, paintings and an open fire make sure all is cosy and homely. Two small, stylish bedrooms await upstairs – both with a breathtaking view – and the bathroom, with bath and shower, gleams. As for the garden, it’s at its lushest in summer, when Elisabeth returns to do B&B and the garden apartment is let. Its bedroom is in Provençal style and its ‘summer kitchen’ is brilliantly equipped: oven, dishwasher, fridge. Discover perched villages, vineyards and perfumes in Grasse, then return to palm trees and lawns, lavenders and bamboo, and seating spots with heaven-sent views.