A well-hidden treasure in the Tuscan countryside that sociable folk will be delighted to discover. A stone-built terrace of apartments looks across the river Orcia to Monte Amiata, surrounded by olive groves – a deeply rural scene. These once dilapidated farmhouse buildings have been rescued and revived with Italian vitality, so you can gather together and relax on the terrace or by the pool, and then retreat to the privacy of your apartment. Some sleep four, some two, all are spacious and simply dressed: wooden beams, white walls, elegant fabrics. Two have vaulted ceilings, all have contemporary bathrooms and kitchens. The owners visited on a whim ten years ago and fell in love with the tranquillity – now they delight in sharing it all, and offer several courses to guests. Yoga groups can spread out on the veranda, there are courses for budding photographers, and Alexander organises wine tasting trips too; massage, aromatherapy and art courses are in the offing. There’s something for everyone here, all delivered with warmth and humour from two generations of the charming McCrackens.