Podere delle Rose stands in softly undulating hills, the main house solid and square, the outbuildings once part of a farm, and ten horses grazing by. Architect Francesca is a darling and lives here with her mother; their fruit, vines and olive oil are organic and the agriturismo is their joy. ‘Limonaia’ is open-plan and homely: a light-filled living area and a small kitchen, a beamed and tiled ceiling, a bookcase packed with books, a bedroom with lace curtains, a small bed on the mezzanine reached by an olive ladder. ‘Chalet’ is just that, built of new pine and rustic inside, with lots of rugs, a tiny kitchen and a wood-burning stove for cosy nights in. ‘Byron’ – once the stables – is a large lofty suite, warm and inviting with a wrought-iron bed, chestnut floors, books, pictures, family pieces and a sofa at the far end. Ride the horses, swoon over the roses (150 varieties), join in the harvest, book a massage. Or relax with a book in the conservatory, an extension of Francesca’s home. Dinners – vegetarian, home-produced, delicious – are served here or outside, illuminated by lanterns and candles.