NESTLING ON A HILLTOP estate in the midst of the breathtaking Garfagnana region of Northern Tuscany sits The Factor House, once home to the local estate manager, but long since derelict. Painstakingly coaxed back to life by its owner, it was reborn as a luxury villa in 2016, set in a private 10 acre (4 hectare) estate with private swimming pool, and showcases stunning interiors and the latest technologies, including air conditioning throughout.
INSIDE, authentic chestnut beamed ceilings with handmade terracotta tiled floors and solid chestnut doors made by a local artisan, complemented (but never overshadowed) by design-led contemporary interiors. Relax in the comfortable sitting room (with satellite TV), spend some quality time in the study/library (books, DVDs), or entertain in the well-appointed dining room. Budding cooks will appreciate the professionally-appointed kitchen, with range cooker and American-style fridge-freezer (with ice machine).
OUTSIDE, a traditionally rendered and stone exterior with shuttered windows, stone sills of local pietra serena, Tuscan painted architectural details, and a roof of reclaimed tiles. Generous south-west facing sun terraces with panoramic views allow for relaxed outdoor entertaining.
A WINDING STAIRCASE built from the house’s old chestnut beams leads down through the ancient olive terraces – now replanted – to the swimming pool (available April through October, weather permitting). Here new again combines with old: the contemporary black pool reflects the sky and trees around it and harmonises beautifully with the landscape, while the terraces provide ample room for poolside relaxation.
Quite simply breath-taking!
- Clare, London -
The Factor House is the standard by which all Tuscan holiday villas should be judged. They really have thought of everything to make your stay just so special.
- Laura, New Jersey -