The Bolza family embed tradition with luxury to build a restoration empire in the Italian hills
Imagine 2,700 acres of rolling hills where Umbria meets Tuscany, deep in the green heart of Italy. Here, 22 traditionally restored farmhouses and 28 ruins are scattered. Heaped with a generous helping of attention to detail, abundant comfort and sophisticated design, residents enjoy 5* concierge service, freshly made pasta whenever they wish and a host of other perks. This is the life at Castello Di Reschio.
The prestigiously private estate acquired by Count Antonio Bolza in 1994 is a haven of tranquillity and style that mirrors
his commitment to preservation of traditional local building methods.
But the Reschio estate is not a mere flaunting exercise: it is a family business with generations of the Bolza family involved in the master planning, architecture and design of all the properties on the land. Count Antonio Bolza is the man with the vision to restore the estate whilst preserving its rich history, his wife creates the style and design of the interiors and exteriors, their son, a London trained architect, is responsible for the architectural planning.
Reschio is a work in progress where the Bolza's sell the peacefully secluded unrestored farmhouses with adjoining plot of land. Taking the new owners' wishes into account, they convert them into world-class country homes with meticulous attention to detail and highest standard of craftsmanship.
Most of the farmhouses are totally derelict but the freeholds are sold with a fully fledged plan to rebuild on the footprint of the old building that complies with the strict Italian planning rules.
The starting price for an average restoration projects is approximately € 5.5 M with completion usually taking two years. The beauty of it all is that the estate offers a net of services on site aimed at facilitating the life of the owners: employment of skilled waiting and maintenance staff, security, transport, food, payment of property taxes and bills, banking, a full concierge service, tennis courts, horses and in the future a health spa and fitness centre.
At the heart of the estate, the Bolzas are in the process of creating a Tuscan palazzo with architecturally challenging features as a stunning hand carved solid travertine staircase and traditional plaster vaults. The residence has it all: a grand staircase, porticos, stunning views, vaulted cellar spaces, a tower built with local sandstone, eaves with terra cotta corbels, under floor heating and a pool with an overflow edge.
Throughout the project there is a balanced interplay between newness and timelessness clearly driven by vision and true passion for authenticity and traditional architectural features and methods.