Recently renovated beautiful farmhouse with large living areas, fantatstic french style kitchen, Loggia for outside dining. The pool looks over the valley below and the views are to die for. Perfect for families or groups. The art of gracious living.
There is no smoking allowed at the house and pets are not permitted. Please note that there are some areas of the property that can be dangerous for small children if left unaccompanied such as stairs or the pool area.
Torricella is owned by Iain and Sophie and their three children. We were lucky enough to be posted to Naples for three years and immediately fell in love with Italy. It was towards the end of our stay there, after having travelled all over Italy, that we decided Umbria was where we wanted to put down roots. Torricella, even in its dilapidated state, was all that we were looking for in an Italian house. A four year restoration project brought it back to life and has given us a family home in the most wonderful setting. Although we currently live in Paris, we intend to live permanently in Torricella one day, sharing this special place with family and friends. Torricella provides the perfect holiday location for families with young children or teenagers, and for groups of friends.
Iain Richmond purchased this farmhouse in 2010
Why Iain Richmond chose Umbria
You will know as soon as you arrive at Torricella – the view simply takes your breath away! The house sits on the saddle of a hill at the angle of two valleys above an olive grove, affording magnificent views to both the south and the west. We have sited both the pool and the terrace to take best advantage of this panorama. Umbria remains so unspoilt and relatively undiscovered; it has a wealth of culture, tradition and cuisine that is unique to it and yet the great art cities of Italy are within easy reach. We have found the local people to be extremely open and welcoming, and we have enjoyed making new friendships every time we visit.
What makes this farmhouse unique
The setting. The early morning mist in the valley sits below the house, and the hills opposite resemble floating islands. In the evening, the bells of the churches ring out as the sun sets on the terrace. We have five acres of grounds so children are free to explore and make plenty of noise. Renovation. Our builder is a craftsman who has restored Torricella beautifully using traditional materials and techniques. The floors have hand laid terracotta and the beams are chestnut supporting traditional tiled ceilings. Green credentials. An important aspect of the renovation was low carbon footprint but without compromising on aesthetics. Most of our hot water comes from solar panels hidden on the roof, as does a significant proportion of the electricity. We also have a heat pump.