If a private, aristocratic, rural setting appeals, you’ll feel on top of the world here. Rooms in the handsome former Cerreto farmhouse have fabulous views over the tended grounds and Crete Sinesi countryside; each has a private terrace or gazebo in the garden too. The owners of all you see live in the Renaissance Villa, alongside the family Chapel, and can arrange meals, meetings and marriages.
You can breakfast and snack out under the trees on the terrace of the little café, and plunder local markets to cook regional food: white truffles are a speciality. Take bikes, tennis rackets, golf clubs and walking shoes – and your wine-tasting palate; laze by the limpid pool, stroll around the estate lakes.
Siena is a joy and you’ve other Tuscan treasures nearby like walled medieval Monteriggioni, and Montalcino, with its Brunello wineries.