An easy drive from Verona, close to Borghetto, is a 14th-century mill in bird-chirped grounds. Here live Pietro, Mattea and little Diletta, plus cats and three resident geese – welcome to the loveliest family. The guest bedrooms are in two outbuildings – rustic, ivy-strewn and charmingly revived. One is all yours, super private, with its bedroom up a spiral stair. White walls are rough plastered, colours are blue, brown, cream and grey, bathrooms are contemporary and views are breathtaking – over park, river, 14th-century bridge and hilltop castello. Breakfast on a rainy day in a big canvas gazebo; on a fine one, by the water under the willows. Pietro and Mattea go out of their way to give each guest the breakfast of their dreams… find yourself feasting on pastries, fruits, hams and cheeses lovingly and locally sourced. Swim in the natural pool, watch the swans drift by, nod off in the hammock, or check out one of the golf courses – Pietro is a golf instructor! Then stroll into the village – watery, exquisite – for delicious tortellini or a perfect gelato.