A Stylish Rural Meander Through Umbria

Italy is a place that keeps it’s charm all year round. The unspoilt Umbrian hills stare back at you as you drive through endless olive groves and towns lined with 16th century stone buildings. Unlike a few of its neighbouring countries, Italy’s restaurants are always open as are other beautiful buildings and museums.  There is something about... Read more »

Italy is a place that keeps it’s charm all year round. The unspoilt Umbrian hills stare back at you as you drive through endless olive groves and towns lined with 16th century stone buildings. Unlike a few of its neighbouring countries, Italy’s restaurants are always open as are other beautiful buildings and museums.  There is something about the luscious rolling backdrop that encourages a slower pace. One to appreciate the good things in life – delicious food, wine and possibly the sound of the organetto. Shorter flight times – ideal for half-term breaks – make Italy a luxury destination whenever you need it to be.

Umbrian Vineyards

AVIGNONESI WINERY, MONTEPULCIANO
Located between Montepulciano and Cortona, the beautiful Avignonesi estate includes vineyards, an elegant villa, a chapel and ancient stone wine cellars where you can do a wine cellar tour followed by lunch with wine pairings.  Sangiovese, the king grape of Tuscany, accounts for the bulk of the of vineyards. Clay is predominant with the soils frequently mixed limestone or sand and an underground fauna and flora that help the vines to metabolise the minerals present in the soil.

CUGUSI DAIRY CHEESE TASTING
If you’d like to appropriately pair the wine with some cheese, you can do no better than heading to  the family run dairy ‘Cugusi’ and seeing how their award winning pecorino cheese is made.

CUGUSI DAIRY CHEESE TASTING

If you want to know all about Pecorino cheese, pay a visit to this family run dairy. See how their award-winning cheese is made and taste different varieties.

DESIGN COLLECTION

CASA BENEDETTA

Style personified, Casa Benedetta brings a modern touch to traditional Italian. It is situated close to Città della Pieve, one of Italy’s prettiest hilltop towns where art and architecture are a feast for the eyes – until supper time of course! This once-derelict-farmhouse now poses warm modern interiors  including a smooth resin staircase whilst keeping details such as the original wine cellar, now a cantina. Dine at a long table shaded by a pergola, try out the pizza oven and breath in the romantic views.

Materials: Think  local, natural with handmade cotto floor tiles, smooth travertino di San Casciano.

Centrepiece: Smooth resin staircase forms a functional sculpture

Designer Notes: Miniforms dining chairs and the Gervasoni pendant

Group size: 10 people

TESORO

UMBRIA, LAKE TRASIMENO AREA

A confident restoration, this villa considers everyone in the family. Rustic 16th century stonewalls set with contrasting colourful shutters stand tall amongst the rich backdrop, not far from Trasimeno. As you walk through the house you’ll spot a copper bath, library room with bar corner high spec appliances and a wooden yoga deck for those morning sun salutations.

Materials: Poured concrete, reclaimed wood and brick

Centrepiece: Children’s soft play, trampoline and toddler pool

Designer Notes: A grand piano

Group Size: 12 people

Villa Giada

A retreat for family and friends to come together, Villa Giada brings together craftsmanship and luxury. This is a sensitive build with a consideration to design that is quiet yet of the highest luxury. With soft muted colours and built from warm, local stone in vernacular style, the interiors takes inspiration from Scandinavia and Italy showcasing artwork and furniture. The property sits in a hectare of woodland with mature oak trees and a planting scheme designed to provide colour and fragrance as an opener to the incredible views that stretch over the valley towards Lake Trasimeno.

Materials: Oak, Marble, tiles from Trapani in Sicily,

Centrepiece: Painting by Italian artist Giuliano Cardello

Design Notes: The dark wood baton boiserie, a specially commissioned curved sofa and a pair of Sixties Swedish designer armchairs

Group Size: 10 people

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