In a hidden pocket of Umbria find a gently revived old stone house with lush wooded hill 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 kitchen/living/dining area invites you to feel at home: a plump cream sofa before an original fire, pots and pans hang in the kitchen, and a large restored dining table. Fling open French windows to let sunshine flood in. One bedroom is downstairs with doors onto the garden, upstairs there are two more en suite doubles; all are beamed, restful spaces dressed in white; big bathrooms are stocked with Neal’s Yards goodies. There’s an extra sitting area with a wood-burner and movie projector too. The saline pool is bordered by swathes of lavender, there’s a shaded area for al fresco eating, views are dreamy; there are neighbours next door so you feel nicely rural without being isolated. A housekeeper greets with a basket of essentials including bread, organic wine, pasta and homemade sauce. This is farming and vineyard country – there are walks and horse riding, but also tennis and a thermal spa.