A divine bolthole for two with magical views over a bounteous garden, hardy olive groves and undulating Siena countryside. Tucked away in a small borgo, a striking low-slung white cottage (originally a shepherd’s hideaway) is bookended by two terraces draped with vine-laden pergolas – perfect spots for morning coffee or lazy suppers when the fireflies put on a mesmerising show. You step straight into an open-plan living/dining room, a calm and inviting space with white walls, comfy armchairs in front of an open fire and a simple dining table near French windows. Off here is a sleek kitchen with all the mod cons any budding Nigella could wish for. And, on the same floor, an elegant bedroom – note the local stone mosaic headboard and more French doors opening to the fragrant garden; next to here is a smart shower room. Pick fruit from the abundant trees – cherry, pomegranate, apricot, peach – each morning as you plan your day: you’re within easy striking distance of good eateries, an array of fabulous spas, plenty of fascinating Etruscan sites and all sorts of walking routes.