You are sandwiched between vineyards, hot springs and the Ligurian coast. ‘Romeo’ and ‘Juliet’ – once simple stone cottages in a lovely Piedmontese hilltop village – exemplify excellent restoration and Peter and Carolyn’s love of antiques and art. Crunch over gravel and enter Romeo’s 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. Juliet’s hotspots are a four-poster; an antique tiled breakfast room with sunny balcony; and massage showers. Elegant bedrooms hold antique wardrobes; Romeo’s double has a shower and tub. The local trattoria can deliver meals and Alba (famous for truffles) and Genoa are close.