This place really is magical. We couldn't have asked for anything more. We just wanted to stay for days and days of hazy sunny days on end. Everything is so beautiful and peaceful. We slept like babies in the most amazing calming room with the most amazing comfortable bed (that we are still trying to replicate today!). We met some lovely people while we were there too - it seems to attract them :)
Our hosts looked after us extremely well - including our dietary needs - cooking us gorgeous vegan meals that we relished. We felt the love in Karin's designs and special touches - and bought back some lovely mementos for our own home that remind us of this special place.
Thanks for making our stay so memorable. We hope to be back some day and hope you make it to New Zealand in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The pale-yellow three-storey main house was restored using natural materials and finishes, such as lime, wood, stone and beeswax. The family lives on the ground floor, while four large guestrooms, all decorated by Karin, occupy the upper floors. In the guesthouse, breakfast is served with organic products sourced or farmed locally - the five-hectare farm counts olive oil, fresh vegetables and fruits among its produce. Decor is a blend of handmade wooden pieces, local antiques and collectables and reinvented pieces - Karin gives items a new lease of life, creating cushions out of old Dutch mailbags and turning scraps linen into lampshades. When Karin Lijftogt and Antonio Giorgini moved in Tuscany and bought the 18th-century villa Fattoria San Martino, just 800 meters form the town and 1 hours drive from Florence, they had in mind a life of natural beauty and rural bliss. The couple had been working in the fashion industry in Milan throughout the '80s (Karin in design, Antonio in finance), and while they loved the place, it was starting to take its toll. I had my own collection - life was good and it could go on forever", recalls Karin. " A life around fashion and trends, a hectic life indeed, yet we loved Milan and its atmosphere. But there where disadvantages." Among them was the fact that she was spending more time "driving around on the autostrada than at home". Then Antonio's mother died an event that became a turning point in their life. " We both wanted to bring rest and quality into our lives and go back to basic, to a simple country life," explains Dutch-borne Karin. So began a new era for the couple and their two sons Flores and Miran. After have been running a farmhouse and B&B in Chianti, they finally discovered such perfection on a hill outside the walled town of Montepulciano. March Heldens from "Under tuscan skies" in the home magazine "inside out. Inspiring homes with heart". sept/oct 2008. ... more less
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