TENUTA DI MURLO

ITALY

Food and Travel (UK) - - Tried & Tasted -

You’ll won­der whether you’re in the right place as you ap­proach the en­trance to this an­cient es­tate. Fear not, it’s merely an in­di­ca­tor of the unadul­ter­ated pri­vacy that comes be­yond. Cling­ing to Um­bria’s un­du­lat­ing hills near Peru­gia, it sits amid thou­sands of acres of wood­land and olive groves. Ten of the 100 or so me­dieval build­ings that sprawl the stag­ger­ing land­scape have been beau­ti­fully re­stored: cot­tages sleep two; vil­las and apart­ments, four to 18. Af­ter check in, it’s a hair-rais­ing climb along a labyrinth of nar­row, ver­tig­i­nous roads to your hill­top hide­away, so hire a 4x4 if you’re driv­ing. The old de­fence tower, ‘Villa Torre’, was our home­away-from-home and we found it burst­ing with charm. Huge so­fas sur­round an open fire, two big bed­rooms wear orig­i­nal fea­tures and an­tiques, the din­ing room is adorned with stylish art and an in­fin­ity pool is on hand for sum­mer. There are few places bet­ter than the tower’s rooftop look-out to raise a glass of red and watch the spec­tac­u­lar sun­set roll over the val­ley. MS. From £3,205 per week. 00 39 335 682 8558, murlo.com

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