Originating in 1753, revived phoenix-like from an 18th-century fire, commandeered by the Americans in WW2, and renovated over 30 years by the current family, this country pile of an agriturismo (Chianti grapes, organic olive oil) is steeped in history and character. No pool but a large lawned garden with a hot tub to share, heaps of olive groves and vineyards to stroll, farm machinery all around and a stunning view from the top of the hill. As for the apartments, two occupy an extended wing, the other is in the main house. They exude an elegant simplicity with their solid wrought-iron beds, new fireplaces, mottled, clotted cream paint schemes, cotta floors, and classic, cosy kitchens. The flat in the main house is decoratively busier, with its many antiques and Murano glass chandeliers. Your hosts, the charming Luca and his parents, are warm, fun, love horses (the stables house six, plus two shaky-kneed foals) and happy to advise on everything; they’ll even drive you to the restaurant down the road. Beautifully positioned for day trips to Florence, and a riding school nearby.