Everything here is genuine and beautiful, from the family’s mission to share it with like-minded guests to the well-tended cows on the farm. Love and art inhabit Liguria’s first straw-bale house, its relaxed interior of warm colours and family antiques, and the organic farm. Marco, who loves his cows like babies, Francesca, who has a bee-keeper’s calm, and their three sons are united in their enthusiasm, each with his/her own passion – a rare family. The dining room, terrace and outdoor corners are the public spaces, views flow out across the silent hilltops, you shower in rainwater. Bedrooms, two of them sharing a terrace, have personality, antique chandeliers and Francesca’s mother’s paintings. The two apartments – the all-in-one-room Gnome’s Grotto for two, built into the rock face and protected by a vast horizontal oak, and Melo for four – have simple galley kitchens and the same great atmosphere. Walk into the hills to swim in natural ponds or take the car to explore the coast then return to Marco’s delicious, all-natural dinner (they ran a restaurant), much of it grown and made on the spot.