In the hilltop village of Montauroux is this whitewashed townhouse with orange shutters, both elegant and understated. Behind, a big surprise: palm trees, lawns, lavenders, and a veranda with a heaven-sent view. Austrian Elisabeth, warm and delightful, gives you two small elegant bedrooms upstairs, and a smart bathroom in contemporary style. Explore the caves of St Cezaire and the vineyards of Provence Verte, enjoy a pizza and a pastis on the village square. Then home to an open-plan dining room full of light, and a sitting room cosy and enticing: white walls, chunky beams, sofas, books and beautiful art, some of it Elisabeth’s.