Totally unspoilt, with stunning views over the hillsides to San Gimignano and Volterra, this tucked-away 17th-century borgo reached by 2 km of woodland track has been transformed into an utterly charming ‘holiday village’ linked by a circuit of paths. Poggiarello is a family set-up: Roberto does the cooking; Paolo, Grazia and Doriana do front of house. You can self-cater or do B&B here: the arrangements are flexible. A couple of the apartments are for two; some interconnect and are ideal for eight. Rooms are big and comfortable with wrought-iron beds, cream curtains and covers, tiled floors; all have patios and great views and one is excellent for wheelchair-users. Days are spent lolling by the pool, evenings sunset-gazing on the terrace. You’ll find it hard to leave, even though the treasures of Siena, Monteriggioni and Volterra lie a short drive away. Note the beautiful Roman bath housed in a cave that’s heated all year to 38 degrees (extra charge) and the terraced restaurant in the stables where you can sample the best of Tuscan home cooking.