Paola is up at dawn making strudel or crostata for breakfast – a lavish affair with fresh ricotta, homemade yogurt, jams and jellies. You can opt to stay in for supper, watch the cooking or join in with the preparation of the day’s Tuscan menu – pastas a speciality – with their own wine, fruit and vegetables. Then feast together at the rustic tables that migrate out under the loggia when the weather’s good (it’s fine to ask for a separate table.)
You’re surrounded by mature oaks and lavender, beautifully landscaped among the soft hillsides with plenty of places to sit, in the shade, or by the gorgeous pool – big enough for serious laps. Bedrooms (some on the ground floor, some upstairs) have superb linens, wooden floors and views over open countryside or the garden. The peace is palpable.
Walks through the woods will take you to the nearest village, 1.5kms, for a grocery, Gentilini wine cantina and a good bakery, Venturini.