There’s a chance you won’t leave this snug home with its views over woods to distant Panicale. A former woodcutter’s cottage, it’s been Hilary’s bolthole for years, filled with objects from her much-travelled past as an ambassador’s wife. Downstairs there’s a homely sitting room with fireplace, antiques and comfy chairs; next-door, a tiny country kitchen with polished dining table. Upstairs to two cosy bedrooms with embroidered bed covers, rugs on terracotta tiles and curious mementoes, perhaps original artwork or a bird collection on an antique wardrobe. One room has wood-turned twin beds; the other a fairytale four-poster single bed. They share a simple old-fashioned bathroom. Sit on the shaded terrace with its flower-pots, stone dining table, cushion-covered bench and wrought-iron candle sconces for romantic evenings. Hilary – bright and charming – or her courteous Sri Lankan assistant, Lal, will welcome, then leave you alone. Explore Perugia, Lake Trasimeno or Cortona; wander the gardens and olive groves; discover the secret, book-lined cabin. Curl up on its sofa and gaze at dreamy views.