Heaven in the middle of heavenly Tuscany; both the place and the people are impressive. You can be as private as you like, buffered from the world by forests and olive groves, in this peaceful hamlet that’s also a family home. Orsa and Fiore’s renovation’s a hugely successful mix of rustic and modern, using local materials and sustainable technologies. Light, uncluttered interiors are really comfortable – and practical – decorated with clean lines, bold and pastel colours. Apartments La Villa and La Scala are in the main building, La Corte in a separate one. Take one, two or all; self-cater or opt for B&B. Orsa’s passionate about the history and preparation of food, her dinners are not to be missed, and she has a great kitchen/teaching space in the main Villa – a perfect setting for learning about Tuscan food. Fiore’s an archaeologist and very knowledgeable about local history. Take trips to hotspots like Siena, Florence, San Gimignano; visit castles, wineries, cheese and honey producers – on foot or by bike. Cool off in the elegant pool and relax in the thriving garden – flitful of fireflies on summer evenings.