Up the winding road, into the wooded hills, to find, at the end of the track a mellow stone house reached by an outdoor stair and a one-up, one-down cottage for overflow. Both are easy-going, fuss-free sorts of spaces.
Outside is an oasis bursting with plants, trees and secret paths through bushes and hedges to hammocks and patios, a glassy pool that reflects the olive trees around it and an orchard where Indian mirrors swing in the breeze. Inside you’ll find low beams, wonky walls and floors, lots of books and a big rustic fireplace for chilly days.
Drive ten minutes into the village for a good butcher (try his wonderful porchetta) and an excellent baker. Go further to explore the culture-filled towns of Tuscany and Umbria (you’re on the border of both) and this region is famous for its cashmere outlets like Cucinelli.