Walking from The Watermill – self-catering in Tuscany from £158 pp at The Watermill at Posara

For spring flowers, extensive hiking and delicious Italian meals, head to The Watermill at Posara, which has a number of apartments to rent before the flurry of painting and writing courses begins in May. Located within the Regional Park of the Apuan Alps and only 10 miles from the National Park of the Apennines, The Watermill is at the gateway to both – as well as to numerous walks – and it’s also an area packed with good food and stunning scenery. The Cascades apartment (sleeps two) overlooks the mill cascades and river and has a large sitting room, kitchen area and terrace. A week in March costs £315 total or £158 pp. Apartments are also available for larger groups. Flights (Pisa) extra. Contact The Watermill at Posara on 020 7193 6246 (www.watermill.net/holiday-apartments).