On the Lazio/Umbria border is a large family estate that produces its own wine and olive oil; and spread out around the expansive grounds are a cluster of villas. Two (Mary and Laurentia) are reached down a driveway with ancient trees standing sentry and when you mount the hill you’re rewarded by jaw-dropping views over undulating countryside, vineyards and distant villages. Both are squat, rectangular villas with a typical 30s colonial style, hugged by wide wooden vine-smothered porches, and nicely private. Inside there’s ample space for eight to spread out in the high-ceilinged, beamed living/dining rooms and separate well-equipped kitchens. If you can heave yourselves away from the pool, tennis court and soccer pitch you can nip to quaint Magliano Sabina for supplies or a Michelin star meal. And you’re minutes from the motorway that leads to Mount Terminillo for summer hiking or winter skiing, mediaeval castles, historical abbeys and Roman archeological sites. Once you’ve tired yourself out head back for deep sleeps in roomy twin/doubles; most have en suites, all have views.