A simple stone-built house, slap on the sea, on a beautiful stretch of coast to the north-west tip of the island. Sun worshippers can follow the progress of the rays by moving from terrace to terrace through the day; those who prefer the shade will be just as happy. A verdant courtyard behind is a lovely place to take breakfast; for lunch, move to the large shady terrace with a barbecue; later, enjoy dinner on the terrace looking out to sea. Inside are two bedrooms, which can be used as either double or twin, an open-plan living area with a pine-and-white kitchen and a sitting room with an open fire, and heating and air-con in every room. Below the house are steps down to a private swimming platform, perfect for confident swimmers; the sea is deep and great for snorkelling. Families with small children should swim from the beach at San Vito, where the water is shallower. There are some lovely things to see in the area – do not miss the extraordinary Greek temple at Segesta – and you’re a few minutes’ cycle away from San Vito and its shops, festivals and bars.