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It’s all about la familia, authentic restored stone villa in the heart of Tuscany

May 9, 2016

In the heart of Tuscany, a magnificent ruined abandoned house has been restored, as it lays lost in the middle of nowhere; introducing the Italian Umbrian Castello di Reschio- Belvedere. This Castello is a very private estate sitting on 2,700 acres on the borders of Umbria and Tuscany. Surrounded by far away villages, the castle is still completely isolated despite the massive parcel of land it sits on. All around this estate, you can see sumptuous green landscapes consisting of plains, never ending hills and valleys.Pallazo Terranova Collanata


The reconstruction of the building using the ruins and what’s left from that old abandoned house dating back to the XIXᵉ century, was almost exclusively made with recycled materials (wood beams, old stones, inlayed marbles and Encaustic tiles, etc.) found in Tuscany. To stay loyal and true to the original building and to stick with the perfect harmony with the landscape and other houses nearby, Ancient surfaces team had to had to seamlessly blend in the old with the new without losing sight of the original architectural character of this farmhouse house.DSC_6726

Here is one of the enjoyable views that could be contemplated from the main terrace. As visitors wind down on our old stone benches, they can’t help but to feel in unison with nature and one with Tuscany.DSC_6728

From the backyard, you can fully admire the open space architecture of this house. In order to accommodate and entertain a large number of family and friends, our client wanted to have a connected guest/pool house that feel naturally part of the estate.

Decorated in typical Italian style, the guest house includes antique biblical limestone pavers, stone wall cladding and an old fireplace that sits on an original 17th century focal foundation wall that everyone can enjoy.14170327619_9b97fed499_o

A large diameter pool fountain is an ideal architectural element that comfortably fills in the expansive outdoor living space. Traditional Italian pool fountains such as this hexagonal piece has been for centuries utilized to cozy up all types of alfresco verandas and pool patios. The sound of water create a whimsical orchestra that is music to the ears.Castello_di_Reschio_Belvedere_0005


In the entrance, this grand limestone staircase leads to the first floor of the main house. Antique Kronos limestone wall pavers line up the entire stairway wall.a1a1463833406ede65ddc63e6a6763ee

An old cattle barn was re-purposed into a cozy and meditative home office. Its ceiling is characterized by its beautiful running bond barreled limestone briquettes. As for the limestone flooring, they were restored piece by piece and assembled by hand from ruined Mediterranean villas that has for hundreds of years fell into abandonment.Guest block sitting room

Going up one floor using the stairs of the entrance, you land on an open space which separates the parent’s master bedroom from the two kids and guests room.Castello_di_Reschio_Belvedere_0018Parents’ bedroom

Castello_di_Reschio_Belvedere_0025First Guest room

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All exterior lighting has been placed and installed by a specialized lighting designer. The couple wanted a simple and relaxing landscape design that employed subtle and scattered spot lights which illuminated the exterior stone facades of the farmhouse. The side garden is lined up with a narrow limestone catwalk. Projectors have been positioned at the foot of trees and antique terracotta jars creating an impressive lighting orchestra.photo_27

Rarely can one feel more alive than when relaxing and laying down at the patio of an infinity Tuscan pool overseeing the never ending Italian horizon.montecito-estate-daniel-zia-group-real-estate-5


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