A sparkling star in Tuscany’s firmament. Drive up a dirt road to arrive at the 200-year-old locanda on a ridge, embracing fields and farms and heavenly sunsets. Bedrooms in the farmhouse are part rustic, part refined, with bold colours and pretty lace at the windows, each space unique. Beds are modern and comfortable, furniture 18th- and 19th-century, bathrooms have bath tubs and showers, and some rooms have kitchenettes. Tennis, cycling, swimming in the saltwater pool with its panoramic view – all are possible; or simply relax under the dreamy gazebo and dip into an art book from the library. Even the geography is enticing, in the charmed triangle formed by Florence, Siena and Pisa. Susanna is full of life and laughter, and concocts dishes that people travel miles to discover. Fruit, vegetables, herbs, saffron and olive oil are all home grown, there are plenty of wines in the cellar and, outside, the biggest pizza oven ever. Heart-warming, creative and definitely special.