The villa sits on the side of a steep terraced slope facing the most dreamy views of the Niccone valley and the lovely hilltop village of Preggio. There are plenty of places to hide with three floors of roomy house, shady and sunny terraces, a drought-resistant garden with a big pool, hazelnut and cherry orchards, acres of forest. Two living rooms – one up, one down – are large and comfortable with books, big sofas and DVDs. The kitchen will suit even the fussiest of cooks and is brimming with equipment including a huge American style fridge, double sinks, handsome wooden bowls – all you need to rustle up meals to be enjoyed round the long convivial table in the dining room, or on one of the terraces. Throughout the house there’s a wonderful feeling of space and light, prevailing colours are cream, biscuit and pale green. Bedrooms are on all three floors: all deeply comfortable with their own smart bathrooms, and the master bedroom resplendent on the very top floor. You’re close to some super little towns for exploring and the countryside is lush.