Photography: Kristian Septimius Krogh

A contemporary villa has sprung from the ruins of an old farmhouse in Italy’s Umbrian countryside.

Its Rome-based owners inherited the old San Pellegrino building from their grandparents, but it was no longer fit for habitation. Enlisting the talents of Italian architect Pia Karin Spreafico, they created a new five-bedroom holiday home to sit on top of the old, and make the most of its hilltop views.

Photography: Kristian Septimius Krogh

Spreafico took inspiration from local rural architecture to craft a villa – available to rent via Holiday Architecture – that looks like it’s been standing for centuries. That’s thanks in part to the building’s rugged stone walls, which were built using stone from its predecessor.

And though it looks traditional from the outside, the San Pellegrino villa’s interiors blurr Scandi and Italian influences to create minimal white spaces with surprising volumes. Lofty, beamed ceilings and rustic wooden floors combine with white walls, concrete fireplaces and contemporary furniture.

Photography: Kristian Septimius Krogh

The show-stopper is the double-height dining room, which opens onto the terrace and swimming pool via tall glass doors. Elsewhere, patterned tiles have been introduced to add a bold burst of colour in the kitchen and bathrooms.

Three bedrooms can be found in the the upper level of the house, while two further guest bedrooms can be reached across the inner courtyard,

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