Orlando’s great-great-grandfather bought the Castello, parts of which date from 1100; history seeps from these walls! And the renovation continues, by Orlando and Kira, gentle, charming, passionate about the family home whose exquisite revival has been achieved floor by floor; the latest addition is superior rooms with views. A terrace overlooks the arc-shaped pool, the ancient park, the valley, and the Adriatic beyond. The library combines vast armchairs with ancient tomes, there are antiques, chandeliers, sculptures, paintings, frescoes on every ceiling and wall – the sheer beauty will thrill you. Stroll through the centuries-old trees to the village, visit the church, tuck into pastries, lunch at the wonderful taverna nearby. Return to vast, splendid bedrooms where cherubs chase each other across ceilings and beds are soberly, beautifully dressed. Some cupboards have been crafted from the cellar’s barrels; one suite has its bath positioned so you gaze on gardens as you wallow. You wake to breakfasts al fresco and a dining room for drearier mornings – overseen by Bacchus and Ariadne, of course. Great value.