Three different yet deliciously authentic apartments in an enchanting setting: a perfectly preserved medieval village in the wooded Sabine Hills. Contessa Marzina, worldly and welcoming, has opened the doors to her 17th-century family castle, now divided into various residences to form a private hamlet. Grand del Conte is heirloom-filled; find fine antiques, gilt-framed paintings, rich fabric bedspreads and each room decorated with original frescoes. It’s big with two living rooms, two fireplaces and a huge kitchen; knockout vistas from each window and its own terrace too. Sweet La Torretta (a tower on three levels) is the perfect love nest for two: nicely private and charmingly informal. Easy-going La Mola was the old olive press, now it’s a comfortable space for four with lovely exposed stonewalls. There’s a divine garden too, which you can rent separately, filled with roses, cypress trees, spaces to sit and a pool. Dine at their very good restaurant in the village, Le Cucine del Borgo, or strike out for olive tours and tastings, abbeys, Roman archaeological sites, hiking, cycling – the staff can help with everything.