A beautiful villa rental furbished with contemporary design on the border of Tuscany and Umbria only a few minutes from Lake Trasimeno.
How would you describe The Farmhouse in a nutshell?
The Farmhouse is set among tranquil olives, grapes and rolling barley fields and has been turned into a beautiful vacation rental with four bedrooms in Umbria, Italy. It has a very modern feel and aesthetic to it.
It’s a very country feel. We’re luxurious in that everything is custom made from the beds to the linens, as well as having amenities like air conditioning, but you’re in the country. There’s lavender, sage, rosemary, jasmine and roses all over. You can walk around barefoot and feel comfortable.
We are a little bit hidden away, and I think that’s very much what guests like. You would never imagine this paradise exists at the end of a dirt road.
Please tell us more about the farm.
Our farm is comprised of 70 acres and my husband oversees the farming. We grow red wine, olive oil, and our own grain, all of which is organic. We are busy in the fall with the grapes, and that moves right into olive season. Once February starts, we begin pruning everything. We eat very seasonally here — strawberries in the spring, then it’s cherry season, then apricot season. Our children really enjoy experiencing the seasons based on the foods available.
We have a white sheep dog, cats, and chickens roaming around the farm. People love to visit with the animals, especially the children. And of course, our chickens offer fresh eggs every day.
What inspired you to move to Italy and open a vacation rental?
I have had a long love affair with Italy. My husband, Lorenzo, is Italian, and I studied art history and classics and traveled to Italy later to work at the Guggenheim in Venice.
We purchased the estate almost 20 years ago. It was a ruin and little by little we restored it. We restored the villa from the ground up, adding windows, doors and fixing the roof. We then progressed to the farmhouse and finished that just last year.
The estate had a farm home on the property and it seemed like a good idea to rent out the villa to vacation guests. We also had a bicycle touring company and knew the area well. Our guests had expressed interest in staying there, so it fit right in.