The slopes are lush with olive trees and vines, the Marmemma sea breezes keep you cool (beaches 20 minutes away) and the views reach across the valley to Volterra, perched on the eastern horizon. Each of the apartments of this Tuscan farmhouse has been serenely restored to ensure privacy and peace, and if you like to pal up with the other guests, you can: there’s a delicious pool that’s heated by the sun, and a barbecue area too. Everything has been designed with comfort in mind. Cotto and wood floors are the backdrop for country antiques and whitewashed beams, kitchens have marble worktops and are perfect for cooks, built-in wardrobes are small but savvy, artwork is minimal and well-chosen, and beds have been designed by artisans. What’s more, two of the apartments have fireplaces making out-of-season stays a delight. Fontemorsi is a bio-dynamic working farm, its wine and oil ‘cantine’ just down the hill; for tastings and tours ask manager Maike. Explore Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, and if you fancy a delicious meal out, or simply a gelato, you can walk to little Montescudaio, ‘city of bread, wine and oil’.