House of the Day: A Farmhouse in Umbria, Italy
This three-bedroom home with a one-bedroom cottage, swimming pool and 3 acres of land was built from the ruins of a traditional farmhouse. (Photos from Knight Frank)
- •Gene Davis and his wife, Mimi, bought this house in Umbria 10 years agoLike most of the other properties on the Castello di Reschio estate, it had been, until recently, an abandoned ruin.
- •No new houses are permitted in the area“You can build on a ruin, but you mustn’t go over the original footprint,” said Davis. “So you’re not constrained in the interior of the house, which is all modern.”
- •The property includes a wine cellar
- •The house is on the Reschio Estate, which was bought in 1994 by Antonio Bolza, an exiled Hungarian countAt the time, the 3,000-acre property included around 40 derelict farmhouses. Together with his sons, architect Benedikt and interior designer Niki, Mr. Bolza set about transforming the ruins into luxury homes, some of which have been bought while others are rented.
- •This two-story, 5,414-square-foot home features a light-filled living room, large kitchen and a dining room with folding-glass doorwaysDavis said he and his wife have decided to sell as their daughters prepare to leave for college.
- •There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms in the main houseThere's an additional bedroom and bath in the separate guest cottage.
- •The house sits on 3.03 acres of landThere is a swimming pool, with an automatic cover; a terraced garden; and courtyard.
- •Situated on the border of Umbria and Tuscany, the property is listed with Knight Frank at a price of €3.3 million ($3.6 million)