Lusting after a villa holiday? Italy’s your perfect destination – and not just because of the range of accommodation, from luxurious pads on the shores of Lake Como to stone-clad hideaways in the Tuscan hills. The fabulous produce – think sun-ripened tomatoes and silky olive oil – for gourmet self-catering, and bountiful sights for indie exploring make Italy the perfect place to rent a home-from-home. Here’s our guide to the best.
Just 20 minutes north of Perugia is this stunning estate, with its rambling olive groves, gorgeous gardens and stylish farmhouse restaurant serving pigeon ragù. It is also home to atmospheric accommodation, including seven villas. The private infinity pools, gazing out on to misty hills, are reason enough to book yourself in; but the classic honey-hued stylings and loungers for sun-worshipping make it even more picturesque for an Umbrian holiday. Handily, hotel services are included, so you’ve got staff on hand to answer queries or sort out day trips.