Deep in the Tuscan countryside, Sensano occupies a lovely location with fine views and peace and quiet in abundance. The villa has been sensitively renovated, combining original features with modern comforts. It is quite remote -car essential – but not far from well-known attractions such as San Gimingano, Siena and Volterra.

We also liked the nearest small town, Colle di Val d’Elsa, precipitously perched on a cliff overlooking the river valley.The pool was wonderful like the huge garden that provides an ideal solution for those seeking a haven away from the crowds.

There are no facilities within walking distance except the restaurant, Il Cipresso, which we used a few times: we thought it offered excellent value. We did have untypically poor weather for Tuscany in May but this was offset by the warm welcome and helpful attitude of Federica and her sister and we never forget the superb food of Tuscany tradition: salami, ham, pecorino cheese…yummy!!