The solid, square tower that forms part of this unusual hotel dates from 1510, while the adjacent farmhouse was added much later. Lovingly restored in 1993, it enjoys a remote and spectacular position on a hill with superb views over vineyards, olive groves and woods. As many of the original features of the building as possible have been preserved, and modernization has been carried out using traditional materials; wood, stone, wrought iron and marble. Modern equipment in the bedrooms is discreetly hidden in drawers and cupboards. Furnishings and colour schemes have been kept simple throughout – terracotta floors, warm, honey-coloured walls, leather armchairs and imaginative contemporary lighting. Bedrooms and bathrooms are surprisingly stylish; those housed in the tower itself enjoy 360° views as each occupies an entire floor. The Raccagni’s encourage a house party atmosphere and are warm and charming hosts. Guests can help themselves from the complimentary bar before a delicious dinner made largely with produce from the estate. There are plenty of spots for relaxing: by a huge stone fireplace, in the library/music room or outside in the lovely grounds.