The visitors’ book glows: some have called Prato di Sotto “heaven on earth”. 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. Sri Lankan armchairs live harmoniously alongside antique mirrors, deep sofas, cushions, kilims and deliciously comfortable beds, and the kitchens have been designed with serious cooking in mind – one of Penny’s passions. ‘Casa Antica’ is deeply luxurious with many bedrooms and bathrooms, a dining terrace and an upstairs balcony/terrace with stupendous views. ‘La Terrazza’ has a large terrace draped in wisteria and white roses; the ancient olive mill is a romantic studio with a huge veranda; the cottage, too, has a private terrace and a glorious view. Borrow a friendly dog for your rambles across the hills, swim in the fabulous infinity pool, relax in gorgeous gardens and total peace. Penny cares for you as family friends and provides fresh-laid eggs and organic homemade jams for breakfast.