You are high in the wooded hills here, yet wonderfully close to the road to Perugia. The old house was in a parlous state when Carol and Antonio found it, now it is immaculate, much-loved, and fringed with tousled roses and lavender. Your bedroom suite is in the house but feels super private. There’s a tile-floored sitting area on the ground floor and the bedroom is above – a cosy nest under chunky beams reached by an open planked stair. A rustic piece of oak makes a fabulous shelf, sweet baskets are stuffed with dried flowers, the sun-dappled wet room is a beauty, and all is fresh, pale and peaceful. French windows open to your own grassy patch where you can sit overlooking the pool – or watch the sun set over Monte Tezio. The pool and garden are to share and the breakfasts are delicious: fresh cornetti, homemade ciambelle, tomato bruschetta, Carol’s cherry jam. Warm, friendly and creative, your hosts live here with their young family and bouncy lab. Fish in the Tiber just down the road, visit Gubbio and Assisi. What’s more, Carol paints majolica ware, beautifully – ask about classes.