In gentle, breeze-cooled hills, surrounded by ancient, protected oaks and on the road that leads to glorious Urbino, the delightful owners of this 185-acre organic farm produce meat, legumes, vegetables and tonnes of preserves. You’ll find jams and juices in your pretty apartment and you’re welcome to collect herbs, fruits and vegetables from the farm. Foraging walks, visits to the farm, wine tours and truffle walks can all be organised – you just need to ask Giulia, who speaks very good English. Each apartment has comfortable beds, well-equipped kitchens and a terrace for al fresco meals with heavenly views. It’s very green here too: solar panels for heating, photovoltaic panels for electricity. For B&B guests, the conversion has given La Locanda the feel of a discreet modern hotel, where perfectly turned sheets lie on perfect beds, and most of the rooms have views. Splash in the cooling pool, walk for miles, or just doze with a book and enjoy the slow pace of life here. If you arrive at the airport after dark, Giulia kindly meets you to guide you back. That’s the sort of place this is.