As you follow the winding Chiantigiana road, keep your eyes peeled for the Villa Rosa; in spite of its colour it is easy to miss! Once you’ve found it, the parking is opposite, a dash across the road. Your hosts work hard to make their guests happy and Sabine will give you a big welcome, along with handsome dog Baba. This is a quaint, friendly hotel with 11 rooms and a history, built by a Frenchman in 1905, attracted by the area’s wines. And there at the back is Tuscany: sloping vineyards, olive groves, young cypresses, and the villa’s grounds with terraces and box hedges where children and dogs safely play. The pool is up a bit, in a bright sunny spot (with loungers and parasols), and a wooded area close by for more shade. Inside: a ground floor living area flooded with light, a cosy sitting room upstairs, and two floors of bedrooms, the quietest and smallest facing the vines. Expect elegant wrought-iron beds, modest bathrooms and polished red floors; some come with big balconies and forest and road views. Set off to discover wineries and villages, return to Sabine’s much-loved dinners.