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Torre di Moravola boasts the 'sensation of being completely removed from the modern world'. A converted Medieval watchtower, it's tucked away in the Italian countryside, secluded from the fast pace and noise of the city. Yet it also has all the trappings of modernity, understated and very, very stylish.

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Moravola is perched high on a hill in Umbria, ten minutes from the medieval village of Montone. It's surrounded by trees, with 360-degree views and the sky reflected in its glassy pool.

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Ancient medieval stone walls, herb gardens and olive groves roamed by wild boars, meet pared-down modernism, travertine stone floors, glass screens and sunken baths.

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The peace and seclusion are accompanied by slow food on open-air dining terraces, and accommodation is in seven tower suites reached by sculptural staircases.

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The original structure is a 10th-century medieval watchtower, which was built by the Fortebraccio family to guard Montone from invading knights. If knights were spotted, a signal could be sent to Montone, allowing its residents to retreat to defensive positions.

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In 1999, architect Christopher Chong and designer Seonaid Mackenzie bought the property, and started a nine-year renovation project. It has been a labor of love, and, in spite of many accolades, Moravola remains deeply personal hotel.

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One reviewer describes the couple as having 'a relaxed house-party approach to guests'. Sounds like a magical place. RM

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  • B&G Brown

    October 14, 2010

    We spent our anniversary here (3 nights) and absolutely loved it. Torre di Moravola is stunning. It’s an architectural dynamo, set back in an idyllic countryside, and run by gracious hosts. The fire-lit water feature, shaded patio, 25m infinity pool, on-site massages, and delicious cuisine filled our stay with lifetime memories.
    Highly recommended for the independent traveler, who wants to get off-the-beaten-path, and relax in style.

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