An ancient rural setting and original architectural features blend seamlessly with contemporary interiors, a glorious pool and modern art
Ponte Rio is a traditional stone farmhouse that has been transformed into the perfect modern country house. Hugging the contours of the Umbrian hills, the property offers quintessential views over olive groves, woodlands and meadows that have changed little in generations. Guests can enjoy all the privileges of being immersed in this rural idyll, and yet the centre of Perugia is only a few kilometres away.
Bought by two local architects, the house and grounds were sensitively and expertly restored in 2018. Enhancing what was already there, their extraordinary eye for detail and love of modern interiors and art is evident at every turn. In 2023, they decided to add two further bedrooms and another living room (plus a study, laundry room, gym and wine cellar) on the lower ground floor, with doors to the garden, taking the guest count, and the comfort levels, to ten.
Inside the house, the original features are the stars of the show. Stone walls have been sandblasted and wooden beams limewashed, while a pale resin floor flatters the details of these traditional materials at the same time as being lovely to walk on. Staircases seem to float, boosted by clever lighting, and windows and doorways capture the light and the scenery perfectly. Furniture is understated with a modern Scandi aesthetic and discreet flashes of neon lift the natural materials and colour palette. The house flexes with the seasons, remaining cool in summer and warm in winter, thanks in part to the impressive stone fireplace in the upper living room.
Outside, there are various spaces for dining and lounging, that use the house’s orientation to catch the best of the sun and shade at different times of the day. The large dining terrace is perfect for cool lunches and long dinners, while the impressive pool is perfectly placed to make the most of the ravishing location.
Ponte Rio is special and you could easily spend your entire holiday enjoying its charms, reading by the pool, eating delicious local food and gazing at the starlit night sky. For those who can tear themselves away, the old town of Perugia with its stunning galleries, wonderful restaurants and artistic energy is on the doorstep, along with a host of other Umbrian towns and villages in the movie-set landscape of this green heartland.