An ancient hamlet deep in the remote Molise area, home to small-scale farmers who produce organic apples, now has another string to its bow – an albergo diffuso – a hotel with beautifully revived rooms fanning out through the village. There’s a smart restaurant and spa onsite too so you never really need to leave except to hike the Apennines, ski at the Roccaraso resort and raft down the Sangro river. And you can time your visit to coincide with the magical spring blossom or the autumn harvest of the apple orchards surrounding the village. The 25 rooms come in a smorgasbord of sizes – suites, triples, quads – and are mainly on two levels with mini kitchens and flourishing mountain views. To suit the rustic architecture they have been furnished in country style with exposed beams, stone walls and squishy floral sofas. Wrought iron beds are dressed in crisp white monogrammed sheets and the bathrooms are brand spanking new. Sumptuous breakfast buffets are served in the restaurant or on the terrace and, do stay for dinner, their young chef was trained at the prestigious Niko Romito Formazione.