A Tuscan Haven revealed as Borgo Pignano introduces ‘La Canonica’ A medieval priest’s house – transformed into luxury holiday accommodation in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. Having lain abandoned since the end of the second world war, the Priest’s House was in need of complete refurbishment in order for it to be transformed into unique luxurious suites set within the Borgo Pignano estate. The brief was to restore the original structure and to refurbish as many of the original features as possible yet create an elegant ‘timeless’ style using as much natural light as possible.
Working alongside historic buildings experts and within ‘tight’ planning regulations the architect and designer worked in-sync to design an interior that felt elegant and luxurious but with a sense of glamour that played homage to the property’s heritage. La Canonica was completely refurbished and transformed into unique luxury accommodation. A team of skilled artisans were enlisted to restore and preserve ancient frescoes and medieval stonework. Working to very tight deadlines and also to the strict planning regulations, La Canonica was completed in less than six months. Skilled craftsmen painstakingly revealed and revived beautiful paintwork, salvaged architectural details and restored the original terracotta flooring.
The bedrooms are simply furnished with Italian linens, sheer curtains, antique furnishings and hand-knotted rugs, Murano glass lighting and a collection of original works of art. The drawing room and lounge areas feature intricate frescoes which have been lovingly restored to their former glory. Bathrooms are opulent with free-standing Devon and Devon bathtubs. Marble topped antique washstands give La Canonica an elegant country house feel. This chic private residence can be used either as one large private split level luxury suite or as two smaller suites. Carefully chosen antiques, Murano chandeliers and sheer curtains that filter the Tuscan light grace the interiors and a castellated courtyard roof garden, enjoys views across the Tuscan hilltops.