Nothing quite prepares you for the splendour of this 16th-century Venetian villa, gazing over the Valpolicella valley to the mountains of Lessinia; from bedrooms to gardens and pool it exudes atmosphere and style. The 40-year-long restoration by the Sagramoso Sacchetti family has been a labour of love and is a source of pride; sisters Chiarastella and Ludovica take huge pleasure in sharing its bounty. Enter the lofty hallway, marvel at the frescoed drawing room, climb the stone stair to luxurious suites. Who would not love the elegant wallpapers and the perfect counterpanes, the chunky chestnut beams and the sweeping terracotta, the huge flowers and the family antiques? Bathrooms are bliss. The day starts at the big oval table overseen by the ancestors; fruits are from the orchard, butter from the farmer up the road, special diets are no problem. Outside the gate is the bus to Verona, the cycle path too (five miles); there’s a stunning new cable car to Monte Baldo, wine lovers can follow the Strada del Vino Valpolicella, foodies can swoon over the Veneto risottos.