Elevated above the Chiana Valley, a peaceful Tuscan farmhouse surrounded by acres of olive groves, fig and cherry trees. A generous welcome bottle of prosecco eases guests into the Italian good life. The old building had been left to ruin, but a careful restoration transformed its fortunes; a new stone façade, terracotta floors and beamed ceilings blend tradition with solid modern comfort. Through the wooden arched doors, interiors are cosy and rustic. Plump sofas surround an open fire, while checked curtains add a touch of English country style. A long table is great for sociable dinners in the kitchen, or you can eat al fresco beneath the pergola or impressively starry skies. Good-sized bedrooms are simple and fresh; some have garden views and one has an en-suite shower room. A terracotta terrace with a barbecue and outdoor seats frames the house, and there’s a gorgeous heated pool just beyond. Walks from the door head through olives, chestnut and oak woods where you might spot wild boar, foxes and porcupines. Hop in the car for a fix of history and culture in Florence, Siena or Montepulciano.