No ordinary B&B with hosts – guests say this is like staying with friends. Wind up the hill from the fertile Puglian plains to the quiet village of Selva whose fine houses were built by wealthy Italians escaping from summer heat into cooling breezes. Rosie and Giuseppe saw this lovely house, which gazes out over miles of countryside, fell in love with it and bought it – now they love to share it. With warm bubbly enthusiasm, Rosie, a passionate decorator, welcomes guests to pretty terraces and green garden; creatively restyled old furniture and restful colours. Help yourself to tea and coffee; nod off in soft bedrooms with a terrace each, where the same harmony of modern and antique enfolds you. Be pampered with natural lotions in sleek modern bathrooms then a generous breakfast – fresh juices, local pastries – on the main terrace or privately just outside your room. From the house, take the Via Panorâmica for spectacular sea views on the way down to the tiny fishing village of Savelletri; there are the trulli of Alberobello and the historic centres of Ostuni, Cisternino, Locorotondo to visit; Rosie can arrange golf, tennis or yoga.