Italian Interiors to Inspire…. Synonymous worldwide with style and taste, when it comes to fabulous interiors, Italy’s reputation is well deserved.
We have a beautiful range of properties in Tuscany and Umbria with interiors that epitomise rustic elegance, seamlessly and skilfully blending gorgeous and ancient original features with contemporary style and comfort. Take a look at some of the stunning houses we have for sale that offer the ultimate in primitive chic. Whatever your budget, if you are searching for a property that has that “special something”, we can assist you. From a village house to a manor house, or even a renovation project in which you can create your own sumptuous interior, we can help. So browse some of our best below and be inspired…
V3917AB – €2,500,000 – Dating back to 1790, this stunning farmhouse has been carefully restored with style and taste, using the finest reclaimed materials. A work of love, beautiful and robust natural beams are combined with exposed stone walls, flagstone and hand made cotto floors and a dramatic rustic colour pallet to create a fantastic and authentic interior. Furnished in an eclectic style, pieces have been collected from all over the world bringing individuality, interest and a contemporary twist to every corner of every room. As if the gorgeous interior was not enough, this 5 bedroom house is within walking distance of a Chianti village with restaurants and features 2 hectares of land with a superb pool with views over the olive groves and vineyards that surround it. This superb property is an ideal dream home and could be rented out for high returns in the luxury market.
V4684V – €495,000 – This enchanting country house has been fully restored in keeping with the local traditions resulting in a Tuscan dream with terracotta tiled floors, a huge fireplace, 18th century beams and chestnut doors. The numerous south and east facing windows flood the ground floor with light. Original features such as the rustic exposed stone walls contrast with more refined oriental touches creating a dramatic and slightly quirky interior. The house is surrounded by a delightful garden and located in a typical hill village with a shop, bar and restaurant near Lucca.
V4386AB – €3,200,000 – Owned by a film director and his actress wife, this perfect Tuscan farmhouse has been renovated with exquisite taste. Combining Tuscan tradition with touches of their native Scandinavian style, they have created an interior full of atmosphere and warmth imbued with a simple elegance. The 10 bedroom house boasts ancient vaulted and beamed beamed ceilings, hand made cotto floors, large impressive fireplaces, loggias and porticoes. Surrounded by 1.9 hectares of land with cypress trees, a fabulous pool and views of the vineyards and medieval villages of the Val D’Orcia, this perfect house is also in an idyllic location. The property is currently rented out on the luxury market for very high returns.
V3042MT – €4,495,000 – The architecture of this stunning former 11th Century Abbey is testimony to its history. Now a luxury home, it has been completely and tastefully restored and filled with fine Italian antique furniture. The huge open plan ground floor boasts magnificent and evocative vaulted ceilings and original medieval stone floors. The columns cleverly divide the space into living zones suited to modern life for relaxing and dining. Throughout the house, its history is apparent with imposing original fireplaces, exposed stone walls and stone staircases. Set in the rolling countryside of the Val D’Orcia near Pienza, surrounded by olive groves and vines, the 8 bedroom estate also includes a guest cottage, marble swimming pool, medieval chapel, wood-burning oven and 12 hectares of land including rose garden, olive groves and farmland.
V3033C – €535,000 – Careful and attentive restoration has maintained the beautiful features of this Umbrian period villa. The original earthenware floor tiles, beamed ceilings and stunning brick vaulted ceilings in the basement have been skilfully combined with more modern elements to create a truly beautiful interior that is cosy and atmospheric. The former limonaia is home to an independent annex and the beautiful garden of lush hedges, lavender, oleander, roses which create a scented rainbow of colour, makes this property truly idyllic.
V4905AB – €2,000,000 UNDER OFFER – Dating back to the 1400s, this gorgeous farmhouse was skilfully renovated with love, style and flair between 1998 and 2000 by its current owner. As stunning inside as it is out, the property has even been featured in a book about Italian interiors and restoration. Combining the best of Tuscan rustic style with contemporary design and comfort, the house has been restored to the highest standards using reclaimed materials to create an outstanding interior of elegance and charm, rich in original features. Rough plaster finishes, exposed stone walls, hand made cotto tiles and natural beams add texture to an interior that is enriched further by refined antique furnishings and artefacts. Set in beautiful landscaped gardens with panoramic terraces and a delightful and unique pool, this is perfect farmhouse in a perfect location.
V2469DF – €3,000,000 – Steeped in history with a watch tower that dates back to the year 1000, this stunning Chianti property has been entirely renovated with great care and attention to detail, retaining the classic Tuscan features such as the original terracotta floors, the 17th century fireplace and the barrel vaulted ceilings. The restoration has created a perfect synthesis between the antique and modern, with its refined elegance of luxury and originality combined with characteristic Tuscan style. The well-sized rooms have been enriched by many bespoke details and a collection of eclectic antique furniture beautifies every room in the villa. This prestigious residence is surrounded by a lush, well-manicured garden and also features an impressive swimming pool providing complete peace and tranquillity and the utmost of privacy. The 9 hectares of land consist mainly of olive groves with a pond, cypress and oak trees as well as an aromatic herb garden.
V4887AB – €2,800,000 – Bursting with character and traditional style, you would never imagine that this beautiful Umbrian property is of modern construction! Comprising 2 houses (the main house built in 2007 and the second house in 2014) the property shows how rustic charm can be created with dedication, skill, creative flair and reclaimed materials and combined with all the conveniences of contemporary life. Featuring exposed wooden beams, handmade terracotta floors, magnificent fireplaces and stone facades, the interiors epitomise rustic elegance. The houses are set in 2 hectares of well maintained grounds with a beautiful infinity pool with views over Lake Trasimeno. Complete with an olive grove this superb property really does combine the best of the old and new.
V4899M – €890,000 – A rustic Tuscan dream with views over the towers of Volterra and the landscape, this property is bursting with amazing traditional features. Constructed on staggered levels, the house has been fully restored with style to make the most of the original beamed and vaulted ceilings, the handmade cotto floors and exposed stone walls. Characterful and just a little bit quirky, the old stables have been converted into a studio apartment that even has its own bar! Outside, there is an amazing swimming pool as well as extensive land with olive groves, vineyards, cypresses and an original fish pond adorned by wisteria. As if that wasn’t enough, this rural idyll is just a walk from town!
V4870CC – €2,200,000 – Featured for its style in several publications, this quintessential Tuscan villa dates back to the 1800’s and was restored by a famous architect in 1997. All the rooms have the original terracotta floor tiles, exposed chestnut timber beams and solid chestnut doors which have been skilfully combined with contemporary plaster finishes and modern and antique furniture and light fittings to create a stunning interior that unifies the past and present. An eclectic and slightly eccentric mix of market finds and objects d’art, including a motorbike, add extra layers of interest to the decor. Accessed via a cypress-lined drive and set in a beautiful garden with a courtyard, terrace and fountain, the property also includes 8 hectares of land with a small vineyard, wine-making facilities and an olive grove of 135 trees.
V4799SC – €1,700,000 – Dating back to the 1800s and perfectly restored in 2009, this enchanting Umbrian house is characterised by a rustic and homely yet elegant interior. The eco-friendly reclaimed materials used for the work, such as the handmade cotto floor tiles, wooden ceiling beams and original fireplaces have been combined seamlessly with all modern comforts. A traditional pallet of rustic colour has been used throughout to create a stylish and cosy home that feels very much loved and ‘lived in”. Groupings of pictures and antique market finds add interest to every room. With its beautiful infinity pool, 7 hectares of land and great views over the verdant countryside, this one has it all.
V4798B – €930,000 – Renovated with taste by an architect in 2000, large windows flood this enchanting former watermill with light. Inside, beautiful original features such as vaulted ceilings, exposed wooden beams and terracotta floors have been skilfully combined with contemporary comfort and style to create a truly outstanding character property with a modern edge. As if the property’s impressive interior wasn’t enough, the house enjoys an idyllic setting within a delightful garden complete with an outstanding pool. The iconic town of San Gimignano is just a few kilometres away. A dream house in a dream location!
V4715AB – €2,950,000 – If its the “wow” factor you are seeking, this house near the Tuscan coast has it in abundance. Restored with unconventional creativity in 1999, the interior of this stunning farmhouse mixes a wealth of beautiful original features with a truly unique and breathtaking contemporary style. Raw beams, rustic arches, exposed stone walls and handmade cotto floors blend seamlessly with a dramatic colour pallet to create a edgy rustic decor that is as elegant as it is stunning. An eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional furniture completes the atmosphere of brave opulence. Outside the villa boasts an infinity pool which is just as striking as the interior, and from where you can enjoy amazing views to the sea. This is truly a house you’ll never forget.
V4595C – €2,300,000 – Elegant simplicity characterises the interior of this beautiful villa on the shores of Lake Corbara in Umbria. Exposed and lime washed beams, handmade cotto tiles, wooden floors, exposed stone walls and rustic plaster effects compliment carefully chosen fixtures, fittings and furnishings to create an effortlessly primitive but elegant interior that is truly stunning. The old copper bathtub in the master bedroom is a delight. Large windows flood the property with light and offer wonderful views over the water and the extensive grounds with 1,000 olive trees.
V4171AB – €1,200,000 – Belonging to a noble family in the middle ages, this wonderful villa in the Crete Senesi near Asciano was once a watch tower. Renovated in 1997 the house boasts an unpretentious interior that remains true to its history. Beautiful original features such as vaulted ceilings, beams, cotto floors and fireplaces work in harmony with a traditional colour pallet and a collection of authentic antiques, collected with love over the years. Dramatic chandeliers add a dimension of sparkle in the dining room and stencilled walls add a light touch to the bedrooms. The atmosphere of tradition continues outside where there are beautiful loggia and, of course, a pool with a view.
V4024TS – €2,950,000 – If you’re looking for homely charm, this gorgeous house a short distance from Cortona has it by the bucket full. Restored with care, this 16th century farmhouse showcases how traditional original features can be combined with an eclectic mix of furnishings and collectables to create an atmosphere that has an air of elegant informality. Dramatic chandeliers are used to great effect to bring sparkle, providing light contrast to the dark beams and brick vaulted ceilings from which they hang. Richly coloured rugs add interest to the cotto floors and work in harmony with the traditional colours used on the walls to add depth and texture to the decor. Outside the house boasts dramatic panoramas, 600 olive trees and a beautiful illuminated pool.
V3787SC – €2,700,000 – Think rustic Tuscan decor and think of this breathtaking Val D’Orcia farmhouse on top of a hill near Pienza. The owners of this dream house were not afraid to use colour when they carried out the restoration, using it to great effect to create individuality in each room and enhance the strong traditional features of the property. Hand painted wall tiles and rich natural materials work with the ancient cotto floors, thick stone walls and raw beams to create an interior of rustic sophistication with just a touch of drama. The drama continues outside with the most amazing views and a totally unique and gorgeous pool. The house is currently rented out with high returns on the luxury market.
V3078AB – €1,790,000. In the enchanting landscape of the Val d’Orcia, this fantastic farmhouse is as beautiful inside as is its surroundings. The rooms are spacious and light, with terracotta tiles on the ground floor and oak wooden floors on the first. The doors are handmade by local carpenters. Most of the ceilings have wooden beams, some are vaulted. Contemporary furniture with clean lines provide brave pops of colour that contrast with the organic and natural original features of the house. Hand painted wall tiles provide intrigue in the bathrooms and kitchen. With a stunning pool and amazing views over the landscape, this property truly is the stuff of dreams.
V4485AB – €1,500,000 – Located near Sarteano, this typical stone farmhouse showcases how wonderful original features can be combined with clean Scandinavian influences to create a bright rustic interior. The wooden ceilings and beams are lime washed or painted and combined with a light neutral pallet on the walls to create a home of elegant simplicity. Neutral, uncomplicated furnishings and contemporary lighting adds the finishing touches to the look which continues outside to the elegant terraces and pool.
V3648AB – €1,590,000 – Dating back to the 13th Century, this former convent and church have been transformed into a unique and stunning artistic residence which perfectly balances the ancient, carefully restored, architectural features of the building with a modern, creative interior. Large pieces of modern art add drama and colour to the rustic stone walls. Contemporary pieces of furniture provide a beautiful contrast to the traditional beams and arches. The dramatic open plan living space with its vaulted ceilings provides the ideal location to showcase a range of sculptures. Gorgeous lighting and a stunning stainless steel kitchen add to the contemporary “wow” factor. This is a truly amazing property and all just a short walk from a village with amenities.
V3309D – €300,000 – In a village surrounded by vineyards, this gorgeous house has been lovingly restored by a talented Italian architect. Originally one huge double-height room used to store produce, today it provides a touch of urban loft living in rural Tuscany. Using only reclaimed materials, every detail has been carefully designed with respect for the historic beauty of the building. The salvaged stone, robust furniture, metal mesh chairs, French settee, fake fur bed covers, vintage family heirlooms and industrial finds, all combine with artistry to create a strong aesthetic impact that unites modernity and tradition. A designer gem in a historic location.
V2357SC – €1,950,000 – Accessed by a cypress lined drive, this stunning Val D’Orcia property does not disappoint inside with its interior that combines rusticity with classical cluttered elegance. Dramatic vaulted ceilings, textured stone walls, homely fireplaces and exposed wooden beams are combined with an eclectic and quirky mix of furnishings and collectables that add interest to every corner of the property. Each room is decorated with individuality. From wall frescoes to basins carved out of stone, the property is a feast for the eyes (and the curiosity).
V4816DD – €9,499,000 – In the heart of Tuscany, on an exclusive managed estate with 5 star amenities and concierge, this perfect farmhouse dates back to the 17th century. Restored with the ultimate in taste and style in 2015 this wonderful property was updated again in 2018 with no expense spared by a world famous designer who skilfully combines a wealth of original features with contemporary style, comfort and state of the art home technology. Lime washed ceiling beams, the finest handmade cotto floors, magnificent fireplaces and rustic exposed stone walls blend seamlessly with elegant contemporary furniture and lighting to create an interior that is the epitome of rustic elegance and luxury. Needless to say, the house also has a stunning swimming pool.