‘Modern’ Interiors

Modern might be too harsh a term to describe our interiors – particularly the bedrooms which are only softly modern, playful and atmospheric compositions that are beautiful and comfortable to spend time in. The larger spaces are lighter, brighter and more gallery – esque but throughout the property spirited, contemporary design, real art and technology bring harmony and life to the spaces.

Historic items – like the lovely old farm chairs from the house’s former life are beautiful in their artempo, time altered states and make wonderful pictures but comfort was not a feature of the hard lives of the people who made them.

Atmosphere: Cortona Junior Suite
Spirited yet simple: Pienza Standard Double
Gallery-esque: Studio Lounge & Tower
Artefacts: Barn door desk
Art: The Painting Studio Lounge

Thus we honour those artefacts as art and preserve them but it was drive and passion and of course money and time that were required to bring light and comfort to the property. Opening windows, whitewashing dark ceilings, replacing dark floors and plastering the dark stony rooms that were the reality of the house. Adding luxurious light filled bathrooms. What a privilege and an adventure it was working on such a property. Decorated by a real artist, the discerning eye will detect the quality of the interior at a glance – seeing beyond the image into the sensation of being here.

View from the tower
Atmospheric evening light
Sprited Designer Pieces
Dusky light in Cortona
Ground floor lounge

Some very special furnishings have been created from the old barn doors of the house by local Sculptor & Master Builder Maurizio Natalini of Sinalunga,

Spirited designer pieces
Atmospheric lighting
Views & comfort

Conceived as a live-in Gallery; a place to live Tuscany, to paint and to enjoy views and art, our vision was realised by local architect Marcello Bartolozzi, who was able to bring to life the dramatic opening of of space that we desired.

Image showing a tuscan country house restored to boutique hotel with white interior decoration on walls ceiling and floor long low steel topped black kitchen units and large steel extraction hood there are several large window doors and one rich siena red arch over a dining table with sculpted ceramic base and eight chairs there is a black modern italian chair in the bottom right of the image and a murano chandelier over the table
East facing cow stalls now main kitchen

A big part was to was to open the whole of the ground floor – uniting the two main rooms (ex cow stalls) on the ground floor, giving a huge open space.  Also upstairs, to achieve additional light and drama with height, the removal of the tower room floor to give huge height to the central space on the first floor, and to create a viewing gallery in glass and iron within the tower from which one can enjoy a 360 degree view over the hills and villages out to the Apennine Mountains. This was the work of Roberto Cini, master carpenter from Sinalunga.

Image showing a large window with a chaise chair and a tree in the foreground and a tree and in the distance a medieval borgo the boutique country house hotel Borgo Amorosa in siena
Winter view from the tower, facing West

Unique details about the property are Malvin’s installation lighting in the bar room: 1,500 LED lights embedded in the stone floor.  Also the huge luminous painting studio room (second floor) and tower gallery (3rd floor).

image of four white bombo bar stools showing the cumulative violet glow of our led lit floor cool modern interior with bespoke lighting and interior details unexpected in romantic tuscan property photo courtesy Alinamemet
South Facing ex cow stalls, lighting by Malvin Tyler

In 2016 the house was featured on La Maison – French interior design and lifestyle show.  In 2017 the house was the location for Made in Chelsea’s trip to Tuscany.

Word Of Mouth: Unpretentious, understated luxury, Contemporary Tuscan country house, light and spacious, decorated impeccably, fabulous pad in Tuscany, uniquely luxurious and relaxing place to stay