Reached via an ancient Etruscan road and seemingly in the middle of nowhere, this 17th-century hermitage is just a short hop from the unspoilt town of Monte San Savino. It’s possible this was once a monastery; it still oozes tranquility with earthy stuccoed walls, apple-green painted doors and windows, an old stone staircase leading to a loggia and all topped by a ‘tower room’. The sitting and dining room area has an open fireplace, beautiful antique bookcase and French windows leading to the garden. Bedrooms are graceful with beamed ceilings, the master with its private loggia and reading room up in the tower. The kitchen is a convivial, homely space with another big table, and outside its door, the old brick oven – perfect for pizzas. There’s an ‘apartment’ too for overflow teenagers – much more basic in style but self-contained and cosy with a wood-burning stove. A simple unfussy garden is yours to explore, grassy areas shaded by large oaks and pines, 50 acres of woodland, a travertine surrounded saline pool and a wood-fired oven. Explore the town, visit Gargonza Castle or the medieval village of Lucignano.