Oozing tranquillity, it could be a setting for a film, so private is it with its gorgeous views over green hills and down to the sea. Once you reach tiny Dosso, leave the car and walk intrepidly down the short steep path to the B&B. You are surrounded by olive groves and pocket vineyards, yet Levanto is only four kilometres away. A pretty pebbled square and a stone arch form the entrance to this 1700s casa padronale, fully restored with the soft-ochre façade and dark green shutters so typical of Liguria. The panoramic terrace is a fine place for breakfast or an aperitif and Cecilia is happy for guests to have their own picnics here. Relax in the sitting room with a book from the small library, breakfast at round tables in the rustic taverna. Bright and generous bedrooms, two with sea views, have timber beams; all are comfortably furnished with wrought-iron beds and warmed by gentle shades of yellow. Modern bathrooms use solar-heated water. Siblings Cecilia and Carlo, a local surfing hero, are shy but natural hoteliers and are both supporters of the Slow Food movement so they know the best places for dinner.