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 trips, visits to the farm, cheese making lessons 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. Twice weekly meals are prepared with organic produce in Valle Nuova, the central building where cooking courses also take place. 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.