Chianti Villa is a charming 17th-century villa in the Chianti wine region near Monteriggioni, and close to Florence and Siena.
Please describe House in Florence in a nutshell.
House in Florence is a modernised 12th-century hamlet overlooking an olive grove, just outside the centre of Florence.
What was the inspiration and story behind House in Florence?
Since purchasing the property, we’ve always hosted family and friends but never intended to rent it out to guests. It was only when a friend rented it recently for a couple of weeks that we thought perhaps we should, particularly as we’re spending more time in London these days. It really offers the best of both worlds — it’s close enough to explore Florence, but without the crowds.
How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design at House in Florence?
It’s minimal yet eclectic. There are vintage pieces from a variety of periods that have been collected and refurbished, combined with modern Italian-made, underpinning furnishings. The result is comfortable, simple spaces enhanced by oak cabinetry and linen panels.
To you personally, what’s so special about House in Florence?
It’s a house for entertaining and very open — even the kitchen faces the pool so that whoever’s cooking can still communicate with everyone. There are plenty of spaces where individuals can do their own thing, whether that’s sitting quietly beneath a tree, napping on a sun lounger or swimming in the pool. I think it’s also special because of the fresh provisions that are available in the market and the shared food experiences.
Is House in Florence suitable for families with children?
There are some treasured pieces at the property and the pool doesn’t have a fence around it, so it’s really best for children 12 years and over.