The pretty stone cottage with twin bedrooms once housed the wood oven. La Casetta dates back to the 1700s and has been seamlessly extended by Peter and Richard; it is simple, charming, and surprisingly spacious. Separate from the main house, it faces the opposite way, with wonderful rolling views across farmland and to mountains. It is bliss to spill into your own private garden with a pergola covered in roses and a fig tree to plunder; all this yours, and – beyond a leafy arch – box hedges guarding herbs and lavender. Back inside are peachy curtains and two checked sofas, an open fireplace and lovely low beams: a warm inviting place to hole up in in winter. The kitchen is proper country-style, a delight to work in, but if you wish to shed your chef’s apron there are restaurants in Frontone, and in medieval Cagli, three miles away. Urbino and Gubbio, sensational ‘città d’arte’, are a half-hour drive; beaches are not much further. Peter and Richard, who have written guides about Italy, have a library of books for guests to borrow. Hard to imagine more generous – or good-humoured – hosts.