Umberto121 is a rural lodging in the village of Montisi, one of the five towns of Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Both in this small village of 300 inhabitants and in the surrounding area, you find yourself in one of the most beautiful regions of Italy: Tuscany. A peaceful and quiet territory where every cypress tree is a symbol of hospitality.
The owners of the Umberto 121 are a clear example of the centuries-old hospitality of the cypresses, and they have achieved it thanks to the renovation of an original 14th century building with the wisdom to preserve the authenticity that the passage of time has impregnated in the spaces. They have preserved the 17th century frescoes and the terrazzo from the 1930’s and have eliminated those parts that were not original in order to leave the most authentic element visible in each room.
The five double rooms and the rest of the house have been meticulously renovated and decorated with delicacy and good taste. Both in the living room and in the bedrooms, the visitor feels at home, surrounded by a cozy atmosphere and light. The house has a total of 350 square meters and includes a garden area from which one can see the medieval village of Montisi.
The house has been decorated with furniture and lighting acquired in local markets and antique shops combined with contemporary furniture designs by Italian and Spanish creators. Not surprisingly, the owners are an Italian-Spanish couple. Good taste, sobriety and simplicity have colonized the spaces to respect the essence of a house with more than 600 years of history.
On the house’s first floor, the house features a living room with two sofas (one of them, an Italian design from the 60’s) that accompany Tria Shelving System bookshelf. On this floor there is also a dining room and a kitchen available to guests.
On the second floor are the five double bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. Some of the bathrooms have preserved the terrazzo of the 30’s, but have been completely renovated to provide the elements of modern comfort. Each room has preserved its own little history.
We also find a foyer between the rooms that has become a pleasant area where you can read, rest or contemplate every detail of the house.
Photos: Meritxell Arjalaguer