It’s quiet here at the top of the track with stunning views over verdant mountains and not another building in sight. You’ll also feel quite private: whichever property you choose you have your own bit of terrace or balcony. There’s plenty of room to spread out in the garden too with tranquil areas to sit with a book and a gorgeous infinity pool.
Penny has nurtured the hilltop farmhouse and its 14th-century outbuildings resplendently back to life – French beams were imported for the ceilings, the doors leading to the library come from a monastery, some fireplaces are Umbrian. Books, antiques and interesting art fill every comfortable room and there are open fires and DVDs for chilly days. You’ll also find fresh bread, homemade jam, eggs, milk and croissants waiting for you.
Hikers strike out from the door along many paths – Penny has printed a book with the best of them and has many more maps and reference guides to hand too. Umbertide is the nearest town and has a weekly Wednesday market.