Reschio is an age-old 3,700 acre pastoral estate in the Umbrian hills on Italy’s Umbria-Tuscany border. Encircling an ancient 10th-century castle, the estate was bought in 1994 by Count Antonio Bolza, intent on bringing this forgotten corner of Italy back to life.
In the 25 years since, Count Bolza’s son, London-trained architect, Count Benedikt, and his wife, Donna Nencia, have set about beautifully restoring over half of the ruined farmhouse buildings on the estate, transforming them one-by-one into one-of-a-kind private homes. Spearheaded from his base at the Tabaccaia di Reschio, a former 1940s tobacco plant at the estate entrance, Count Benedikt meticulously works hand-in-hand with house owners to transform their vision for each crumbling ruin into a modern-day masterpiece of architectural and interior design while celebrating traditional Italian building techniques and sympathetically blending old with new.
Most recently, Count Benedikt’s attention turned to the Estate’s crown jewel, its 1,000-year old castle, where he, Nencia and their five young children lived for a decade. Stylishly reimagined into a supremely elegant 36-bedroom hotel, featuring a field-to-fork restaurant and an ethereal subterranean Bathhouse, Hotel Castello di Reschio has become the beating heart of the Estate, combining Reschio’s hallmark design with a jaw-dropping position that overlooks the wild Umbrian countryside that surrounds it. Count Benedikt has embraced an organic approach to its design championing local craftsmanship and creating thoughtful, beautiful spaces that are filled with comfort and wit – artfully referencing the intriguing characters who once resided within the castle walls.