Anyone who is familiar with the writing of Iris Origo will be particularly interested in La Foce, the estate near Chianciano Terme whose history during the Second World War is so vividly described in her book, War in the Val d'Orcia. Iris died in 1988, but her family still lives on the property in this remote but strangely beautiful corner of Tuscany, running it as a working farm.
   Several of the buildings on the large estate have been converted into superior self-catering accommodation, ranging from the delightful two-person Bersagliere to superb and quite grand Montauto which sleeps ten; the latter stands in its own extensive garden with lavender borders and a small pool.
   Furnishings throughout the comfortable apartments are in sophisticated and tasteful country style, predominantly antique, but with a few well-chosen modern pieces. There is plenty of colour, provided by bright rugs, cushions and cheerful fabrics. Each has its own piece of private garden and the use of a pool. Music lovers will appreciate the excellent chamber music festival which takes place on the estate each July.