A warm, spacious and very private feeling house which perches on a gentle hill. The approach is pure cinema: a straight road edged with stately cypresses dips and rises dramatically, views are over olive trees and undulating vineyards – you’re on holiday already! This is a munificent place too with a complimentary dinner on arrival and lavish welcome basket: as much local wine as you want, pasta, chocolate, local cheese, fresh tomatoes, cold meats, nibbles and delicious biscuits; there are plenty of excellent restaurants near when you’ve polished off that lot. You can hike from the door, visit exquisite villages and important Sienese Chianti vineyards and cellars, jump on a horse or organise a hot air balloon ride for wonderful views. However, there’s much comfort here so you may not want to budge, and idle souls will find themselves snoozing in a hammock, seeking shade to read one of the many interesting books here or sunning themselves on a lounger. There’s a big shared pool too for watery fun. Owners Penny and James (here for part of the year) wanted to create a home from home and they have. Spoiling.