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. The charming English owner lives in the main house and guests live to the side. Nine sleep in a wonderful old house, Casa Mandorlo, with spectacular views of Lake Montedoglio and the Apennines, and four are in the two annexes next door. 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 – owner Dale wants 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.