Tucked away in the beautiful hills of Umbria is Castello di Reschio,
A magnificent 3,000 acre estate of ancient gnarled olive trees, oak and chestnut woodlands and vineyards. A medieval castle and 50 hilltop farmhouses scattered around this tranquil countryside complete the idyllic picture.
This environment is all part of the philosophy and vision of the owners, Count Antonio Bolza and his family who are regenerating and renovating the estate and preserving the historic integrity of the countryside whilst seamlessly incorporating all the contemporary luxuries for modern life. The Bolzas are offering the opportunity to become part of their Italian slice of heaven by inviting select individuals to invest in one of the farmhouses and purchase it freehold together with some three acres of land. Then, with exceptional flair, craftsmanship and attention to detail, they transform the derelict site into an exclusive luxurious home.
Count Antonio’s son, Count Benedikt is chief architect and masterminds all the architectural planning and design, lighting, landscaping, interiors and furnishings right down to the door handles and removes all the tedium and bureaucracy usually associated with Italian restoration. Each property is inherently unique as the strict planning laws keep any new building within its historic footprint and the design is tailored to the new owner’s wishes. Individual projects can also be incorporated such as a vineyard and wine-making cantina in the cellar where the owner can produce his own label.
The homes are stunning. Elegant and spacious living areas, grand master bedrooms with state-of-the art bathrooms, beautiful but functional kitchens with alfresco eating and breathtaking views out over the infinity pools and peaceful landscape beyond. Benedikt is skilled at adding an imaginative twist to the centuries’ old structures that respects traditions and cultures yet includes contemporary luxury and warmth.
Working with artisan craftsmen and the local blacksmith, they install vaulted ceilings, decorative stonework, mosaic floors and polished marble staircases that blend comfortably with reclaimed bricks and old stone basins found on the estate. Inspired original designs are created from old metal and become works of art in their own right. Benedikt also designs his own exquisite furniture for the houses combining finds from antique markets with modern materials. His wife, Donna Nencia, a Corsini princess is a classically trained artist and she mixes her own paints to create wonderful trompe l’oeil and fresco paintings on the walls and floors.
22 houses have been restored so far and a further 10 ruins are for sale. Some of the farmhouses are offered as rental holiday homes giving the opportunity to experience the unique lifestyle that is Reschio.
The estate provides house owners with a discrete, ‘want for nothing’, 5* concierge service that includes drivers, in-house cooks, personal maids and gardeners who automatically maintain the properties whilst they are unoccupied. Traditional country pursuits are also on offer at Reschio which has its own equestrian centre and stud with indoor and outdoor arenas and the countryside is criss-crossed with riding and walking trials and paths. There is wild boar and deer hunting, fishing and clay pigeon shooting. The Osteria, the private restaurant serves delicious Umbrian food prepared by the estate chef Marco with produce grown and foraged from the estate. He also provides cookery classes for all ages and an indulgent in-house dining service. Reschio also produces its own wines and olive oil.
There are many local attractions nearby with renowned towns of Perugia, Siena, Cortona and Montone offering music, film and art festivals, shopping and culture, but many owners prefer to stay close to home with their families already lured by the extraordinary charm and privacy of Castello di Reschio.
Visit the website www.reschio.com or contact the estate on +39 075 844362