Birdwatch by day, stargaze by night, chase fireflies. This is for those in search of solitude: no phone lines, just rolling vistas onto Tuscan hills and a one-bar hamlet down the road. Once a rustic dwelling for five farming families (people upstairs, animals down), this 18th-century ‘casa colonica’ is elegant and rich in personal detail. It was inherited by English owners 20 years ago and sleeps eight in huge comfort, its rooms radiating around two deep south-facing loggias decorated with mirrors to extend the views. Downstairs is the open plan, country-cosy living/dining/kitchen space, and an en suite bedroom alongside. Upstairs is the sitting room, lofty and large, where upholstered reading chairs and squishy sofas rub shoulders with antiques, art, books and family photos. Bedrooms have good mattresses, generous bathrooms, handsome rugs, and all feels warm and inviting, like the home of a favourite aunt. Outside: roses, herbs, hammocks slung between trees, a small vineyard, a saline infinity pool, and table tennis. Paint, write, rest, relax, retreat… no need to do more.