Rosemarie continues her family’s 180-year legacy in tending the vines, olives, almonds and orchards of this secluded estate on top of a long vineyard valley, and guests – including Prince Charles! – wax lyrical about her warmth and generosity. If you fancy eating in, they praise the dinners too, homemade, home-grown and served with prize-winning wines in a conservatory overlooking vine-clothed hills and olive groves. After dinner: a nightcap on the terrace, then deep sleep induced by country peace. Decorated with much-loved artworks and ornaments, and toasty warm in winter, the two cosy bedrooms have colourful bedspreads and wooden furniture, and children will love sleeping under the rafters on the double’s mezzanine. Back in that wonderful conservatory, breakfast is another homemade feast (fruit tarts, ricotta cheese). Each season offers its own delight: the wild flowers of Spring or the beautiful colours and warm, fragrant air of Autumn. Rosemarie and her staff are very helpful and make you feel at home. Blissfully remote – just be sure to arrive in daylight.