Country house par excellence, sitting atop its own knoll before some of the most heart-stopping views you could imagine, dressed in masterly new-from-old stonework, this is a comfortable, welcoming place with room for eight in the villa on its three levels, plus four in the adjacent cottage, Il Fienile. Inside, you’ll feel instantly at home among the masses of books and cushions, prints and paintings, and unpretentious atmosphere. In the comfortable bedrooms, soft light falls on gentle fabrics and lovely antiques. The American-style kitchen is fit for the gourmet cook – or a chef can deliver. Walk through the dining room onto a big vine-covered terrace and landscaped garden where paths wind past secret corners, myriad scented flowers and tall trees to the view-struck infinity pool. Then go exploring: walk to pretty little Monte Santa Maria Tiberina for an evening drink or dinner. Venture further for irresistible entertainments – Arezzo offers jousting and Europe’s biggest antiques fair, there’s jazz in medieval Perugia, wine tours and truffle hunts, a September horse show in walled Città di Castello.