Stone walls, vaulted ceilings, funky ironwork beds, polished floors and nothing to jar the eye; this is a blissful place tucked into the rurality of the Itria Valley yet near to magical Ostuni, Martina Franca and Ceglie Messapica. The trouble will be finding the motivation to go out for the day when you can loaf about here: find a dreamy spot to read in the garden, shaded by olive, fig, walnut and cherry trees, have a gentle splash in the beautiful pool, wander into the kitchen to get some lunch, have an afternoon snooze, fire up the barbecue and open a bottle of wine for the evening. The ancient property has been completely restored but retains a delightful, rustic feel and views are to open fields divided by low dry stone walls and the odd whitewashed house – you’ll feel very private. Sleep peacefully in delightfully simple bedrooms with exposed stone walls and doors to the outside, freshen up in contemporary bathrooms. Tear yourselves away for great local food: ear-shaped orecchiette pasta with turnips, creamy burrata, panzerotti filled with tomato and mozzarella, seafood specialities. Gorgeous.