Pergolas draped with jasmine, secluded shady spots amid the Tuscan sun, white roses framed by boxwood, a table set for lunch, shaded by an antique tiled roof, the rippling sound of a stone fountain.
This and more the owners envisioned for Cat’s House when they first met her in 2014.
Cat’s House already had great 400 year old “bones”. The first owner a man nicknamed “Gatto” was renowned for being able to see in the dark like a cat. Gatto positioned the farmhouse in the midst of an olive orchard, southfacing, and protected by the hillside behind. Clearly, he had a genius for the spirit of the place as did later owners. It was now the turn of the present owners to bring her into the 21st Century protecting her magic while giving her a makeover.
A new open and airy floor 210 sqm plan was created, giving a contemporary feel without seeming stark thanks to the accents of various niches, arches, and a mix of antique and modern furnishings.
Restoring the house original chestnut ceiling beams and laying a wood floor made out of slabs of a 600 year old chestnut complement the handmade terra cotta floor tiles. It’s a good feeling to reclaim these wonderful materials that bring so much “magic” with them. Wanting to maintain the house’s character guided every step in making design decisions. Hiring the best local craftsmen and artisans and acquiring the majority of the materials locally and nationally was key.
Entering into this beautiful home, the first impact is of the stone staircase, which appears to float having been cantilevered into the wall with no supports visible. The steps themselves came from an abandoned palazzo. To pair with the spacious feel of the stairs is a custom-made glass table with contemporary iron base forged by Biaggiotti of Pienza. This versatile piece can be used in many ways: as a convenient entry table or as a dining, work, or game table.