La Tartufaia is the triumphant result of a bold yet sensitive restoration, blending old with new and celebrating modern Italian design
This handsome three-storey villa sits proudly in the Umbrian hills, flanked by a pristine pool. The original stone house has been carefully restored with the addition of further ground-floor wings in modernist styles that flatter and enhance the main building.
La Tartufaia has four spacious, en-suite double bedrooms on the upper two floors while the living space stretches out across the extended ground floor, encouraging an easy flow between the house and the exterior.
Many of the design pieces inside the house were tailor-made for the owners. Most of the lights, the library, the kitchen and two of the beds are by Emanuel Gargano, an Italian designer and winner of the Compasso d’Oro award.
Brick, barrel-vaulted ceilings, cotto floors and antique wood furniture fit harmoniously with the mid-century modern aesthetic. There are earthy colours offset by richer tones, and many usually angular lines have been softened with a curve. The whole effect is beautifully cohesive, the stylised modernity softened by the natural materials, an abundance of texture and the enormous views.
Outside, the clean lines of the 16mx4m pool are a focal point if you can draw your eyes away from the rolling hills. There is a covered dining area with a serious pizza oven and plenty of spaces to socialise or enjoy some solitude.
The villa is a short drive from the small town of Guardea. A little further away is Orvieto, one of Umbria’s loveliest hilltop towns where the famous cathedral has a gold mosaic façade. The property enjoys total privacy without being remote.