Barbara and Loretta are my friends since 1995. We lived toghether in Brussels for 9 months. We studied at the University there and we had a lot of fun. It was one of the best period of our time ever. We had our home, we had a lot of friends and we traveled a lot from France, England, Holland.
Unfortunately we don’t live in the same city and it’s very difficult to stay toghether but , almost once a year we organize a reunion weekend. Usually we go to visit Barbara in Tuscany but this time we went to Senigallia were Loretta lives. They have beautiful children, I haven’t but I adore to stay with them ‘cause it’s always funny and we talk and talk…
Toghether with her sister Sabrina and her husband Luca, she’s the owner of a fantastic farmhouse “Villa Pienza – Podere Prugnenello” .
They found it in 2000 but it took them two years to persuade the owner, an elderly Tuscan wheat farmer to part with it because it had been his first married home and he was sentimentally attached”. Barbara told me that “It took more then 7 years to completely renovate the farmhouse. Four years to obtain all the necessary planning consents. Because of all the red tape bound up in EU regulations and the fact of being a highly prized conservation area – part of what Italians consider to be of universal historical importance, being allowed to build a swimming pool was our third miracle. Then it took another year to complete the building work.
The home has 6 bedroom and 6 bathroom. They rented weekly and even for weddings. A perfect location for an informal wedding with friends! (actually, they are planning their wedding there… Barbara and Luca consider themselves married but hey aren’t ..Not yet! She asked me to help for her big day when it will be!!!)
All the materials they used to restore the building were reclaimed. Some they found lying around in the fields, and others came from the bric and brac shops, builders stores.
They found old beams, doors, bricks to lay in a herringbone pattern for the ground floors and upstairs they found old oak floor boards in various widths and lengths. So it feels and looks like a very old building…
Barbara and her sister (with their at the time boyfriends …not the same anymore) started with a cosy wine bar and a small bed and breakfast in Bagno Vignoni. “La Locanda del Loggiato” a very charming b&b in the center of the village.
What do you think? Won’t be amazing to spend a week, or even more, in this beautiful place with all of your friends?
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