Simple, lovely, serene. Two kilometres down a strada bianca in a woodland setting not far from Perugia a slender watchtower soars over a clutch of 13th-century limestone buildings, including a deconsecrated church, now a grand and lofty living space with refectory dining where the alter stood and fine frescoes have been restored by one of the family. You may stay in either their two-storey main house – its smallest bedroom and bathroom connected by a glass walkway at ground level, or the cosy single storey Cassetta. Both have a restful, understated elegance: handsome old reclaimed wooden doors, polished terracotta floors, chestnut beamed ceilings and soft ochre walls framing carefully chosen antiques. It’s 45 minutes’ drive to Arezzo where the biggest antique market in Europe is held monthly. Add open fires, deep, comfortable sofas and beds – with garden and tower views – good bathrooms, practical, rustic kitchens; leafy walks from the door, five acres of grounds and a pool that sits in a haze of lavender to the lazy hum of bees in the lime trees… and you may never want to leave. And who wouldn’t want to marry here?