You may spot hares on the winding drive up but there’s plenty more to look forward to. Immediately, there are the views; rolling vineyards and hilltop towns. The ancient farmhouse has been strikingly converted to a modern country villa without losing authenticity. Nadia, (an architect, Slow Food champion and wine buff) and husband Alessandro have blended old with new with an eye for detail and comfort in their happy family home. White walls, vaulted brick ceilings, pale wood floors, lots of interesting books and simple furnishings ensure the house is light, gracious yet lived-in. The large dining room is a quirky mix of elegance and vintage; breakfasts a terrific spread of Piedmontese cheeses, honeys, salami and breads. Bedrooms are huge, light and restful with gauzy curtains, piles of cushions and vintage finds. Log fires, storm lanterns and massed candles add romance. Bathrooms are sleek and spacious. There are vineyards to visit, hills to walk, and Alba, Barolo and Barbaresco to explore. The cantinas of historic Neive are 10 minutes. Or sit on your patio, drinking in the views with a glass of Nadia’s thoughtful aperitivo.