Once a simple, sturdy farm – animals at ground level, humans above – now beautifully transformed by London-based designers Fran and Paul. They’ve restored the wide external stone stair, the ancient beams and exposed brickwork, and kept a pillar smoothed by generations of passing beasts. Their understated styling with calm colour schemes and pared-back furnishing, sits easily with the old bones of the building. Add plenty of good books and art, modern lighting, deeply comfortable bedrooms with gentle country views, a well-equipped kitchen with cement worktops, smart bathrooms and a big sofa by the upstairs wood-burning stove and you’ve surely all you need indoors. And it’s lovely outdoors too: a long wooden pergola laden with wisteria shades the sunny side of the house; you eat at wrought iron tables on pale flagstones and have acres of mature olive and fruit trees to roam. Having created this relaxing home, the owners are keen to share it with like-minded folk who’ll love walking in the Sibillini national park, visiting local castles and markets (like Fermo’s summer brocante market), and the Adriatic coast.