In a hidden pocket of Umbria find a gently revived, semi-detached old stone house with lush views. The owners resisted the temptation to over-restore and have accomplished a serene simplicity: reclaimed doors and terracotta floors still bear some scars of old age. Downstairs an open-plan area invites you in: a plump cream sofa by the an original fire, pots and pans hang in the kitchen, and a large restored table. Fling open French windows to let sunshine flood in. One bedroom is downstairs with doors to the garden, upstairs there are two more doubles; all are beamed, restful spaces dressed in white; big bathrooms have Neal’s Yards goodies. There’s an extra sitting area with a wood-burner and movie projector too. The saline pool is bordered by lavender, there’s a shaded area for al fresco eating, views are dreamy; there are neighbours so you feel nicely rural not isolated. A housekeeper greets with a basket of essentials including bread, wine, pasta and homemade sauce. This is farming and vineyard country – there are walks and horse riding, but also tennis and a thermal spa.