Fling back the shutters at La Montecchia and be greeted by a view that has changed little in 400 years – an ancient hamlet complete with castle and ornate hunting lodge, overlooked by vineyards. The rustic properties here – mostly workers’ cottages – have been simply and elegantly brought up to date, preserving their clean lines and a sense of light and space. Bright rugs sit on burnished wooden floors or gleaming tiles, bedrooms and living areas are comfortable and unfussy, and kitchens and bathrooms are modern, neat and clean. Each has outdoor space – heaven to sit in the shade of a tree and glug the estate’s prize winning wines. If you need advice, Guerrina, who meets and greets, can be found in the busy estate wine shop – she can also arrange a supermarket run before you arrive. There’s an open air pool to cool off in and a top notch golf course next door with its own Michelin-starred restaurant. While you’ll have the estate to yourself in the evenings, expect to notice the hustle and bustle of one of the region’s best wine producers during the day.