Dreaming of Italy

5 April 2012
Ben Pentreath

I don’t know what it is about Easter time and the fact that I’m sitting in my kitchen in Dorset FREEZING. What happened to the balmy spring? Hello?!?

Well anyway it is that time of year. I start dreaming of Italy, and of heat.

Just in case you’re in a similar frame of mind this weekend, you might like to get in touch with my friend Valentina who tells me she still has a few spare weeks at her lovely farmhouse in the most perfect part of Tuscany (near Gaiole-in-Chianti, just north of Siena) between 2nd June and 20th July.  A few photos below, from years gone by, and you can find out more on her website here.

I think I’ve stayed with Val every year for the last, hmm, ten years now. And over those years we’ve made various tweaks and changes to the house. But what I love about it is that it still has the totally-cool and no-longer-seen-in-House-and-Garden-Magazine-look: classic Brit holiday home from the 1970s (but now with nicer towels). Tuscan holiday house before they were bought out by noisy Germans or too-rich Swiss (sorry, I really don’t mean to typecast), or before they were made so beautiful by such tasteful souls that you don’t know where to sit. This is a look you cannot make up. Check out those beautiful blue Habitat chairs in the dining room, for instance. Heaven on a plate.

Happy dreams! Or, in fact, reality (if you like).


9 comments on this post

the fam came to visit and i just took them down to Greve in Chianti! i back in rainy milan and wondering why the hell i decided here and not there…


Oh Italy – so beautiful and has given me somewhere gorgeous to think about other than soaking wet and grey Belfast!!

These look absolutely stunning! I love the mist on the vineyards – wish I was there…!

Take me with you! Great photos and I will dream of Italy today.

Have a wonderful Easter.


s psays:

always a lovely dream… and a lovely home (away from home).
I hope that you make it there this year as well!

“s p”


So agree, authenticity wins every time.


you are not only successful but also very kind

An interior that allows unbeautiful people to feel happy and comfortable, thats exactly what you want on holiday who wants chic luxury which makes you look worn and tired and nervous of damaging something

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