A delightful surprise – one minute you’re navigating Milan’s industrial hinterland, the next you’re in Roccolo National Park, sweeping down a tree-lined drive past paddocks of horses. This is a working stud farm, with a stable block next to the peachy villa. The four stylish, spacious bedrooms are reached via their own entrances directly from the garden. Each elegant sunlit double room is named after a horse; antique furniture and pale linen abound, and sleek modern bathrooms have super walk-in showers. The two apartments are beautifully done too. The two-bedroomed one on the first floor has a big sitting room with an open fire and fantastic views; the other sleeps two and has an independent entrance; both have beams, oak flooring and a well-equipped, open-plan kitchen. The bright, chandeliered breakfast room (also the reception area) has windows on three sides so your organic buffet breakfast is accompanied by views of pomegranate trees and happy horses. Isabella and Alice run the whole place with a calm and efficiency tailored to the needs of their clientele – businessmen and women visiting Milan.