The village of Gerani in Crete is on a river, is five minutes' walk to the beach and has supermarkets, tavernas and hotels grouped together, with the residential area a peaceful 1km away. This old, renovated two- storey house has a mature garden and two roof terraces. The ground floor has a studio and a separate entrance. The house sits in a 1,000 sq m plot. pounds 72,000 through Crete Property Consultants (0171 328 1829).
And now for something a little more ambitious: Bagatelle, 3 km from Cannes. The estate has three villas, staff quarters, four swimming pools and four acres of gardens. The main, five-storey villa includes five reception rooms, hairdressing salon, dance floor and indoor pool. Another villa boasts a Moroccan-style dining room; the third, a Jacuzzi and sauna. All yours for pounds 19.2m through Knight Frank (0171 629 8171).