Imagine a winding road past fields and ancient fruit groves to a cluster of cream-white trulli outside the village of Locorotondo – enchanting inside and out. They are owned by generous Rosalba who lives minutes down the road, and is proud of her heritage and passionate about her land (vineyards, citrus groves, olives): her enthusiasm is contagious. Every trullo has its outdoor patch, fringed by billowing muslin, scented by mint, thyme, rosemary and lavender… outrageously romantic! Step inside, to a hobbit’s world of luxurious rusticity: white walls and chunky stone arches, heated tiles and monogrammed towels, smart modern textiles and wonderful handmade mattresses (each spring is enfolded in fabric). Bathrooms are serene, toiletries are herbal, and one trullo has a bath tub. But you are here to be spoiled and Rosalba’s breakfasts, cooked or continental, are served under the sociable pergola or in the dining room. Bikes are available, beaches are ten miles and the Valle d’Itria area is brimming with great places to visit: Ostuni is stunning. Restaurants are close, or you can dine in – on traditional Pugliese dishes.