Link up with guests, hosts and friends in house-party style as home-grown food is brought to the table and sublime wine flows. Charlotte and Alexander put you instantly at ease and their love of this place is infectious. Note the airy, bird-filled grounds, the rose-strewn courtyards and the 20,000 hand-planted vines.This old castle and its young vineyards are perched high in the Monte Amiata Natural Park. The area produces chestnuts, mushrooms, olives and wines. Virtually undiscovered, it’s known as the real Tuscany. Take lunch on the loggia overlooking the valley or stroll through the olive groves to the stunning pool on the hill.Each big beautiful bedroom, distinguished by vintage bathtubs, paintings, beams and books, oozes family history. If you love character, it’s a huge treat.