The drive up through woodland above Polcanto brings you – finally! – to an eco restoration with spectacular views, best enjoyed from the conservatory with a glass of limoncello. Lavender and rosemary border the terrace below and beyond is a mini vineyard, kitchen garden and olive grove. Throughout, modern art posters grace rag-rolled walls and floral curtains dress windows. Bedrooms, reached via a spiral stair, are homely, fresh and inviting; two have views of the hills, all have bright and distinctive bathrooms. Wake to the prospect of homemade jams and genuine local products, spend the day in Florence, hike or bike to the villas and castles of the Mugello, and return to cook in the kitchen which is the hub of the house. Spill out into a garden scented with roses.