Along winding lanes among olive groves and on the hillside of a lush green valley, this 17th-century villa and farmhouse have been in Ben’s family for 20 years. Together with partner Debs he’s restored the buildings with the utmost care, creating the atmosphere of a well loved home. The airy drawing room is welcoming with its antique furniture, rugs and wall hangings, the library cosy with its armchairs and book-lined walls. Comfy bedrooms are filled with treasures – an 18th-century wall hanging maybe, or an antique mirror – and have spotless bathrooms; some en suite, some with bathtubs and showers. Once you’ve breakfasted on the terrace you could simply relax, but there’s much to tempt you away from the poolside; Ben has a plethora of courses planned, including painting and sculpture, yoga and cooking classes, and there’s a baby grand piano to play. Lucca is a 20-minute drive away and for a real treat you can rent Ben’s 1970s sports car and whizz down to Forte dei Marmi on the coast, before returning for dinner and a glass of wine under the pergola. Perfect for big groups, it can also be rented as a self-catering spot – just ask.