Mirror Houses are two luxurious holiday homes in South Tyrol for 2 to 4 guests each. Their modern design is surrounded by apple orchards and incredible views of the Dolomites.
How would you describe Villa Molise in a nutshell?
Villa Molise is surrounded by hills and spectacular nature in the Molise region of Italy, with views overlooking the Adriatic Sea. It has been designed as a place where we can share our local traditions and respect for nature with guests in a warm and familiar environment.
What was the story or inspiration behind Villa Molise?
Villa Molise once belonged to my great grandparents who lived here with their animals. My grandparents told me that because they had no electricity, their parents would warm themselves from the breath of their cows during the winter months. It’s stories like these that have been passed down through our family that make Villa Molise such a special place.
We renovated and refurbished much of the house while keeping some of the details made by my grandfather, such as the old chimney and oven. My grandparents also established the olive grove and vegetable gardens - they are compassionate, down-to-earth people who have devoted themselves to working the land and caring for the environment. I think I have inherited this mindset about respecting the land and being at one with what surrounds you.
How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design?
The interior design is minimal while featuring natural elements, colours and traditional details. For example, we’ve decorated one of the walls with baskets made by the grandmothers of the village and we’ve constructed furnishings using wood and bamboo. The colours selected (light greys and greens) are also warm and natural.
To you personally, what is so special about the house?
The family history of the house is very important to us. Villa Molise isn’t close to where we live, so it was difficult doing the renovations and it would have been far easier for us to have created something closer to where we are. But we worked with my parents and grandparents on this property because we love it and it’s something we care deeply about.
Guests who have stayed in the past have become friendly with my grandparents who still work the surrounding vegetable gardens and sometimes they will bring them fresh produce or eggs. So it is very familiar and personal.
I think it’s also special because of the beautiful surroundings. Whenever I check guests in, they are immediately impacted by the natural beauty of the place. It’s very peaceful and there are plenty of areas where guests can relax with a book or sunbathe.
There is a history behind it. There is love. And there is family. This is really important to us.