Ivan Van Mossevelde is the inspired architect of one of the first examples of the ‘Albergo Diffuso’ eco-sustainable revitalisation concept. Together with Anne, his welcoming wife, they’ve created these peaceful and harmonious places to stay: rooms and apartments in five sensitively renovated buildings scattered about a steep, cobbled village on the Umbria/Lazio border. Each living space is minimally decorated with pieces chosen to harmonise with natural wood and stone. Contemporary lighting and sofas; plenty of pure white, in fabrics and tiles; small, simple kitchens and shower rooms; handsome antiques and abstract art. Nothing distracts from fabulous views towards the Sabine mountains and Lake Piediluco below; the lovely terrace of the Architetto apartment brings them even closer. Breakfast is a fine spread of cakes, breads, cheeses, prosciutto… in Palazzo Crispolti’s rustic dining room. Hiking trails are all around; Europe’s highest waterfalls, Marmore Park and Terminillo ski mountain, are close. A fairytale retreat.