Over the hill to be blown away by the views, a lake surrounded by dense trees and olive groves; the setting of this mini borgo is magnificent. Charming English owners live in the main house and guests live to the side, in a wonderful old house, Casa Mandorlo, that sleeps nine, with spectacular views of Lake Montedoglio and the Apennines. Imagine real old cotto floors, mellow dressed stone, sand-blasted beams… a Tuscan dream. The big house has two storeys linked by wide stairs, a sitting room with books and sofas, a stylish kitchen with a farmhouse table, and antiques from far-flung travels. Bedrooms have simple blinds, good shutters, cushions made by friends, lovely mellow bathrooms and eclectic art – owners Gilly and son Dale want your holiday to be perfect. Buy their olive oil; treat yourself to a yoga, pilates or meditation course. Children can run around to their hearts’ content, the fruit tree’d gardens are safe, and the pool is positioned for the views.