A Tuscan stable is reborn as an industrial loft with a secret swimming pool

Old meets new – with staggering results

Umamma means a ‘moment of wonder’ in Italian – and it describes the experience of stepping inside this industrial loft in the medieval Tuscan town of San Miniato.

The one-bedroom Italian holiday home is the passion project of owner Giovanni Settesoldi, a creative director in the advertising world. He spent seven years perfecting the Tuscan bolthole in collaboration with architect Gabriele Evangelisti.

Umamma is part of a converted 16th-century palazzo and sits inside the former stable – later used as a nightclub. Historic bones, including arched doorways, exposed brickwork and a pebbled floor, have been matched with sleek new additions. These include steel framed glass windows which peek onto the Tuscan countryside; a stainless steel kitchen; and midcentury modern furnishings.

A Tuscan stable is reborn as a industrial loft with secret swimming pool
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The Tuscan holiday home is available to rent via BoutiqueHomes from €295 per night and Settesoldi has also added unexpected features such as a door handle created from an upcycled industrial wheel used to cut prosciutto.

But that’s not all – a trapdoor in the bedroom floor leads to its most ‘umamma’ feature of all… a  secret swimming pool that has won a cache of awards for its staggering design.

A plunge pool is hidden in a vaulted cellar beneath the loft
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Its owner carved up the space using steel framed glass partitions
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Pebbled floors and red brick walls are on show in the shaded balcony area
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New full-height glass doors lead to a shaded balcony area with pebbled floors
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