A mesmerising place: from the first glimpse as you bump along the cypress-lined road to the warm welcome from your hosts, who have farmed this land for generations, it will leave a lasting impression. In the heart of the Tuscan Conca D’Oro (Golden Valley), tucked between Florence and Siena, this ancient agriturismo encircled by vineyards and olive groves has five gorgeous apartments, carved out of the original stone building, for couples or families. They radiate out from a sunny courtyard garden with a huge, inviting pool. Two have private terraces. Inside they are charmingly rustic: handsome furniture, original stone floors, beamed ceilings. Carefully chosen antiques and collectables add style; high ceilings and view-filled windows make everything feel light and spacious. Beds are dressed in fine linens, bathrooms are elegant, talented Franco handcrafted the sleek kitchens; and breakfast can be delivered to your door. Visit Etruscan tombs and Renaissance abbeys, rent vespas, go horse riding. Or stay put: dynamic Monia will take you on a tour around the olive and wine groves; book a wine tasting in the cantina; hike from the door.