The beautifully restored farmhouse looks out over fields and farms to the villages of Solomeo and Corciano, with Perugia in the distance… you couldn’t find a better spot from which to discover Tuscany and Umbria. Distant church bells, the hum of a tractor, the bray of a donkey… yet you’re only 5km from the superstrada. Lino and Australian Megan, are a delightful and hospitable pair, who help guests enjoy every aspect of their stay. Hunt for truffles in autumn – or cashmere in Solomeo! – book up an occasional cookery course – or a smart chef! – or take advantage of a personalised tour. Of the three apartments, ground-floor Gelsomino (sleeps four) has bunk beds in its living room and a marvellous terrace. Il Sole is a dear little retreat, also with a terrace and views; and Le Rose is even cosier, again furnished with country style charm. For a family, the cottage at the end of the garden is the best, a marvellous mix of recycled beams and terracotta tiles, open fire, air con, and jacuzzi. A saltwater pool with glorious views is set into the hill just above; on the other side is Lake Trasimeno.