When Karen, with Mark, went in search of her Italian roots, their adventure ended in an 18th-century grain barn in a secluded dell surrounded by rolling vineyards. When you arrive you’ll feel like you’ve reached one of the last remaining unspoiled corners of countryside. Enter the beautifully renovated granica through a foyer of limestone floors, a wet bar and exposed brick walls: to the left is the library with deep leather sofas and chocolate and lime hues; to the right is the dining room, sleekly minimalist with polished marble floors and Lithuanian oak chairs. Beneath a high cathedral ceiling, some of the bedrooms are luxuriously furnished with lashings of silk, velvet chenille armchairs (or chaise longue), splashes of raspberry tones, Egyptian cotton sheets; while the more traditional rooms have mahogany sleigh beds and resplendent bohemian chandeliers. The cottage holds a diminutive sitting room, a fully equipped kitchen and double and twin bedrooms– the former with a ‘Jacobean’ four-poster. Trees and lawns neatly frame the discreet swimming pool.