If you looking to get away from it all, check out the Torre di Moravola, located in Umbria on a forested ridge between Montone and Gubbio. This seven-suite boutique hotel was converted from a 12th-century medieval watchtower by architect Christopher Chong (who has worked for James Stirling and Norman Foster) and his wife, Seonaid Mackenzie in 2001.
The architect successfully accomplished the challenge of maintaining the original charm and history of the tower while transforming the old and dark building into a series of light filled, flowing spaces ideal for a contemporary retreat. Moravola is perfect for those seeking a tranquil environment as there are no televisions or music on the premises. However, there are modern amenities, such as a 25-meter pool and a heating system designed for use with solar panels that provides hot water for the under-floor heating system.
Among the seven suites, five are designed as “tower suites” with an open plan design spanning two levels. The ground level has sunken stone baths, showers and toilets with direct private access to the exterior terraces while the upper level provides total privacy and stunning views above the surrounding valleys.
What to do in the area: if you enjoy hiking, Moravola is in a nature reserve filled with birds and other wildlife, criss-crossed by walking paths. You can walk to the village of Montone. You can also bike to Gubbio and Cortona.
Given its remote location, you can dine on the premises or drive to a neighboring town for lunch or dinner. Moravola’s kitchen features fresh produce from the locality and wines from local vineyards. One of the most popular times of the year to go to Umbria is during truffle season in October when the weather is crisp and the truffles are to be found on local dishes.
Torre di Moravola is closed between 15 November and 31 March.Torre di Moravola Zona Carlo 06014 Montone, Italy Tel: +39 075 946 0965 firstname.lastname@example.org