Deep in hazelnut country, these two white minimalist homes offer stupendous views and supreme comfort for walkers or sybarites alike. The mountain soars above, the valley plunges below, the peace is profound and nature lover’s will be in heaven: you have the beech woods of the Madonie National Park to explore. Casa Serena is fully open-plan downstairs, with sweeping polished concrete floors and lofty white walls, and a super-duper kitchen wrapped around a central sculptural stair. Expect cutting-edge LED lighting and abstract paintings, a wood-burning stove, top-notch furnishings, and a white and grey palette with accents of fuchsia, violet and red – a strong stark personal style. In summer, enjoy the generous terraces and four-acre garden with a barbecue, plunge pool, and sloping orchard behind. The Garden House, a short walk along a paved path, has the same urban-sleek feel as the main house, with cosy underfloor heating, a state of the art kitchen and French windows opening out onto a shaded terrace. As for civilisation, it’s no distance at all: the unspoilt hilltop town of Polizzi Generosa is under three miles.