You are sandwiched between vineyards, hot springs and the Ligurian coast. This house for 10, once two simple stone cottages in a lovely Piedmontese hilltop village exemplifies excellent restoration and Peter and Carolyn’s love of antiques and art. Crunch over gravel and enter chunky walls. The kitchen is a delicious blend of vintage limed wood with state-of-the-art appliances; chop and chat at a central island, dine at an antique table. Or eat under a shady portico in the private courtyard, with a side dish of green valley views. In the large tiled living room, cushions are piled high on leather sofas and artworks dance on limewashed walls. More hotspots are an antique tiled breakfast room with sunny balcony, massage showers and elegant bedrooms with antique wardrobes or a four-poster. The local trattoria can deliver meals and Alba (famous for truffles) and Genoa are close.