Vibe: A magical converted mansion with spacious rooms.

Setting: Hidden among fragranced gardens in the small town of Vignacastrisi, just 3km from the beautiful Salentine coast.

Why parents love it: It’s pretty, peaceful and far-removed from the tourist hubbub, yet perfect for exploring. There’s a pool flanked by orange trees, plus a roof terrace with bubbling hot tub.

Why kids love it: Kids love staying in a palace; plus they have their own garden play area. There are bikes to borrow, too.

For more info: i-escape.com

READER OFFER: 5 nights for the price of 4; from £63 per room per night. Book through i-escape to get a free bottle of wine on arrival.