Fabulous rustic farmhouse in Italy

We just ran across this recently restored farmhouse called ‘Casa Olivi’, set in the little explored Le Marche region of Italy. The renovation took four years, conducted by the two Swiss architects Markus Wespi and Jerome de Meuron of Wespi de Meuron Architekten. The outside style has been preserved as the building is protected by the Italian Cultural and History Administration, but the inside has been entirely re-organized according to a luxurious, high comfortable and minimalist style. The house offers 11 sleeps in 5 bedrooms, 4 in the house and 1 in the independent guest house. All bedrooms are en-suite with own bathroom and air conditioning.

Casa Olivi has been decorated in a minimalist style with maximum impact. Finishing touches such as bathrooms from Phillipe Starck, DVD home theatre, a Bose system on the terrace and a stunning infinity pool bring the farmhouse to the cutting edge. Spacious and comfortable, guests can socialize in one of the many different indoor or outdoor communal areas such as the outdoor terrace, the pool area or the living room with a home theatre. Accommodation is spread between the main building and the one-bedroom guesthouse. The house is in a panoramic position with 360 degree views of the sea, rolling hills, and olive groves, guests have the countryside at their fingertips but are only a short drive away from the nearest city Treia.

To book this fabulous vacation getaway, rates will run you $5,500-$11,000 for the week, from here.

Before the renovation:

Photos: Gaelle LeBoulicaut and Hannes Henz

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    This shows that money can’t buy taste. And historic preservation ordinances can’t enforce it. I hate to say that I almost liked the house better before it was renovated. The swimming pool is a mixture of horrifying and depressing. The minimalist sculpted white outdoor furniture belongs somewhere else. I like the wood beams and brick patio. Why renovate a historic farmhouse if you intend to ruin it? There should be a new term for it: “ruinovate”. Modernism has its place. But this wasn’t it.