When Sandy and Laurence found this honey-coloured farmhouse with glorious views they could hardly believe it had been empty for 30 years. Now it embraces four sun-lit guest bedrooms, their beds decked in white linen, their pretty, rustic furniture chosen with care. Each has its own fresh clean bathroom, sparkling with travertine tiles. Two first-floor sitting rooms are yours to relax in so make yourselves at home. Wander at will in the garden where the scent of roses, wisteria and lavender hangs on the breeze, and the vegetable garden, fruit trees and olive grove give bumper harvests. Your hosts greet you generously whatever time you arrive; they love to please. Chef Sandy ensures breakfasts on the terrace (or by the sparkling pool) are a joyous array of local or homemade breads, cakes, fruit, yoghurt, omelettes and cereals… with a bit of notice, she’ll magic up a full English for you, or lunch, or a three-course dinner. Laurence is a wrought-ironsmith with his workshop in the garden – drop by. All this just five minutes from Treia, one of Italy’s most beautiful towns.