In 2009 we spent an unforgettable week in a renovated farmhouse in Tuscany with friends who have been going there for over a decade. Off the beaten track, up a long dirt road, the house was isolated, but had a terrific sunset view looking down over olive trees and vinyards. We ate wild cherries and mulberries off of the trees, made pizza outside in the wood-fired oven and spotted wild boars running through the trees at dusk. Oh yes, and there was a pool. :-)
The house was inspiring to me for many reasons, but the thing that I loved the most was how in tune with its surroundings it was. It was built into the side of the hill facing south in such a way that it would capture as much sun as possible for warmth during the winter and yet stay cool all summer. All day we would sit outside the house in the stone courtyard, under the loggia or down by the pool. At night we'd pull into the kitchen and dining room to stay up late and talk after the children had gone to bed. It was a magical stay and I hope that these pics give you a little bit of a taste - a taste that will inspire you to travel there or to pull ideas back into your own home.... or both.
Picking Berries and Cherries
(All pics by Maxwell, except the two by Ben Pentreath. Thank you, Ben!)