Set four-square in the rich agricultural lands of eastern Tuscany, this eighteenth-century farmhouse has been restored by a Belgian artist and designer to become a multi-family holiday home. The house had been uninhabited for years and was almost derelict.
A Two year restoration programme was under taken in which careful preservation was the main objective. A loggia runs across the front, facing fields and a range of blue-green hills in the distance.
The ground floor, formerly cattle barns, houses a large kitchen, a bedroom off the hallway and, down one side an exotic ‘Turquerie’ that has been created with hand-painted fabrics and wall decorations.
An enormous fireplace dominates the first floors, which would originally have been the kitchen. Now the room is used as a sitting-room, which is cool in summer and warm in winter.
There are numerous bedrooms, each one differently but simply decorated in faded soft colours. All bathrooms are the same, varying only in shape and size.
The designer and her architect worked in complete accord, one complementing the other, and at the project’s completion nothing appears to be new intervention seems minimal.