The moment you enter the gates – to find vineyards and rolling-hill views – you know you’re in for a treat. This 1750s house within sound of Govone’s bells has been shiningly revived by Bruno and Fulvia. Each of the guest bedrooms is generously proportioned and immaculately presented in modern-classical style: antique tiled floors, frescoed ceilings, chic papered walls. In some, a roll top tub in the bedroom itself, in most, a south-facing balcony. Your hosts – the loveliest family – give you maps, guides, books galore, a fridge with fresh drinks and grappa for the asking. Wonderful to start the day with a feast of home-baked cakes, jams and juices, charcuterie and cheeses, then to set off for Bra, home of Slow Food. Piedmont is a major food and wine area and tourists descend in October for the white truffles of Alba. Adventurous spirits can saddle up (bikes are provided), then come home to a sofa by an ancient fireplace and blush-coloured walls; or find shade under big umbrellas in the manicured gardens. Note that Bruno organises fun wine tastings in the cellar – your chance to sample Langhe and Roero.