Through the handsome wrought-iron gates that come from a convent in Tuscany, up the winding drive, to a villa built for a 17th-century nobleman, recently and beautifully restored. Behind is a young vineyard; to the side, a simple chapel, an enchanting place for a wedding. Whether you come in summer for pool and gardens, or winter for heated floors and log fires, there’s masses of space for a party. Find two sitting rooms, seven bedrooms and three storeys linked by a dramatic circular stair, dazzling white walls, sweeping floors in pale terracotta, chunky wooden ceilings (some sloping, some with a chandelier), and elegant pale painted furniture. New mattresses top antique bedsteads, cream sofas are deep, bathrooms gorgeous. As for the views, they bring joy all year round. There’s ping-pong and football on the grass, golf on the craggy Conero peninsula (unlike Le Marche’s gentle Riviera) and a riding stables in Apiro. Restaurants are close, a cook can be provided, and the region has been dubbed Italy’s Garden of Eden. We love it. Don’t miss it!