A Restored Italian Villa That Maintains its Authentic Farmhouse Heritage

This family home in Puglia, Italy, was once a fortified farmhouse built to withstand Saracen invaders. It has been totally transformed by Alexander Waterworth and is now a magnificent villa that still maintains its authentic farmhouse heritage. There is a rustic purity about the transformation, with features that include exposed brick walls and floors, and soaring vaulted ceilings.
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A Restored Italian Villa That Maintains its Authentic Farmhouse Heritage

A Restored Italian Villa That Maintains its Authentic Farmhouse Heritage

The owner of the villa is an entrepreneur who wanted to restore a property near to his home. It’s located in the heart of Puglia, within 30 hectares of picturesque farmland and now boasts 8-bedrooms,  3 kitchens, a dining area, wine room, a pool house and a sitting room.
 
A Restored Italian Villa That Maintains its Authentic Farmhouse Heritage
The Design Brief

The property had not been touched for many years, but the client wanted to inject some sophistication and comfort. All in building that was not originally intended for comfort. The first thing the designers considered was how this building would be used as a home. It was critical that they retained the existing wall arrangements, the staircases and the finishes. It was important to ensure a natural evolution of the property. They have said that exposing and regenerating finishes that have been there since the property was formed was extremely satisfying and incredibly enjoyable. Although time consuming!

A Restored Italian Villa That Maintains its Authentic Farmhouse Heritage

A Restored Italian Villa That Maintains its Authentic Farmhouse Heritage

But they also knew that they had to make some big changes to how the building was to be used in the 21st Century. Forming bedrooms with ensuites and kitchens with services was the biggest challenge. All the while not compromising the history of the building, as this was a key factor to the design authenticity.

A Restored Italian Villa That Maintains its Authentic Farmhouse Heritage

Design Authenticity

Covering the length of Italy and further throughout Europe, the designers have sourced an assortment of antiques and contemporary, tailored furniture pieces. It was important to ensure that the spaces were dressed with a mixture of found pieces along with bespoke items. Acquiring these antiques took around 6 to 8 months, involving many early visit to markets and antique dealers. Lille road in Fulham also provided many of the pieces purchased. Alexander says “I loved the small desk we picked up which fitted so well in the property, it was just meant”. 

A Restored Italian Villa That Maintains its Authentic Farmhouse Heritage

Each of the 8 bedrooms maintain their own singular identity. Naturally sourced pastel colours blend seamlessly, providing a light, yet romantically dignified feel to compliment the magnificent views.

A Restored Italian Villa That Maintains its Authentic Farmhouse Heritage

The end result is a timeless, rustic yet comfortable home, that feels as if it has been this way for many years. If not centuries. Which it has.

Design by Alexander Waterworth.

 

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