In a bucolic valley edged with woods so peaceful you could hear a pin drop lies this ancient water mill, its inner workings carefully preserved through the creative use of thick glass and clever lighting. Much of the furniture has been brought from England and the English country-house feel is enhanced by some horsey paintings (a reminder of Lulu’s past as a point-to-pointer) alongside the traditional arches, beams and cotto floors so typical of rural Italy. Bedrooms are simple and comfortable, the bathrooms spotless and traditional. The treehouse in the lawned garden is heaven for children, and not so bad for the grown ups either – watch your energetic little ones clambering about while you enjoy an aperitivo on the wisteria covered terrace. Rustle something up in the practical kitchen then dine out here, too; as night falls and the stream is lit up, you’ll be hard pressed to think of anywhere you’d rather be. But go out you must, particularly as Sansepolcro, birthplace of Renaissance genius Piero della Francesca, is a ten-minute drive. Arezzo with its lively, monthly antiques market is not much further.