Tour of the House

You will find fuller information about each room on the relevant pages in “Accommodation”.

 

When you arrive, driving through winding lanes with views of fields and woods, you’ll come through large electric gates between brick pillars and up the drive which follows the contour of the little wooded hill on which Casa Bacciana stands. To the left of the driveway is wooded with deciduous and coniferous trees; to the right is a high grassy bank with fruit, olive and fig trees, on the top of which is the new swimming pool, built in 2015. The driveway divides into two: straight on to the gravelled forecourt immediately in front of the house, or to the left, to the main car park next to the barn. Parking your car, you go up steps and across the terraced area to the main entrance  ….but wait, perhaps you can’t resist a look at the pool first? So, instead of entering, turn to your right and walk across the forecourt and up wide steps to the pool, which, if you are at Bacciana from May to September, will be glimmering tantalisingly in the sun. Stand there for a moment and look across the pool and its lawns, and across the rolling countryside that surrounds the house, up to the nearby village of Montone, with its walls of pink and golden stone basking in the sun. You can’t tear yourself away from that hypnotic view and you are dying to plunge into that pool, but we need to get back to our tour of the house!

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The entrance hall takes you into a stone-paved hallway and staircase to the first floor. On the right of the entrance hall, on the eastern corner of the house, is a ground floor double bedroom(Olive) with ensuite bathroom, once part of the tobacco tower, which was restored and incorporated into the house in 2014. This room has its own patio door which faces the pool area. The original tobacco tower at this eastern end, built in the nineteenth century, was much higher and was entirely derelict before its restoration. Tobacco towers were used to dry the tobacco leaves by a system of hanging them in bundles on beams and slowly drying them with smoke from fires below, so the internal walls of our tobacco tower were once sooty black. Tobacco is still grown locally as a crop, though the towers are no longer used and many derelict towers can be seen around the area. We wanted to incorporate the tobacco tower into the main house, with new connecting doors. The upper room of the restored tower is a fifth bedroom but this is not included in the bedrooms of the rental property.

To the left of the entrance hall, through double glassed doors and down two steps you will enter the very heart of Casa Bacciana: the huge family kitchen, with antique pine table, and unusual tall, red ceramic wood burning stove which makes this a wonderfully cosy kitchen in autumn and winter. Passing through an arch, you will enter the day room with its original ceiling, also opening via double doors onto the terrace. At the far western end of the ground floor is a further double bedroom (Fichi) with en suite bathroom. Small windows are set into very thick walls here, as this is the oldest part of the house. Large double doors with glass windows open onto the quiet far end of terrace with a wall and raised flower bed. These three ground floor rooms all open onto this spacious and shadyterrace with garden furniture, and edged withrustic fencing and elm trees on one side and flower beds on the other.

Back to the entrance hall, we now ascend the stone stair case with its built in wine rack, and across the landing to your right and down two steps you will enter the sunny, yellow-washed main sitting room, with comfy sofas and a very high beamed ceilings. Here, original features such as the old wall cupboard in an alcove (now a bookcase)  and huge fireplace have been carefully restored. A door leads out onto the external staircase, the top of which makes a small loggia or balcony. Pause here for a minute to once more admire the alluring view of Montone , a view which is constantly changing with the changing light, depending on the time of day and the season. Passing through the sitting room you will go through a large oak door onto a long whitewashed corridor: first on your left is a twin bedroom (Olmo) with brass beds, which looks down onto to the terrace. Next is the large, travertine – tiled guest bathroom, and at the end of the passage in the quietest and most private part of the house : the master bedroom (Quercia) with its imposing wardrobes and four poster bed, which we are fond of calling the honeymoon suite. Now let’s return to the kitchen and put the kettle on or, better still, open the fridge and take a bottle of chilled white wine out onto the terrace…. Then, if you are at Casa Bacciana from May – September, it surely must be time to try out the pool!

We have named our bedrooms after trees to be found on our land. Each double bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and the twin bedroom is adjacent to a large bathroom. All the bedrooms have mosquito-screens at the windows, wooden shutters, and terracotta tiled floors. Towels, bath robes and hairdryers are provided in all the guest bedrooms.

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A lovingly restored ancient farmhouse in Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy

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