The Mountain Rental: A Holiday House in the Italian Alps by

Issue 27 · Summer Rentals · July 7, 2014

The Mountain Rental: A Holiday House in the Italian Alps

Issue 27 · Summer Rentals · July 7, 2014

Located in the Dolomite mountain village of Mareo, in South Tyrol, Italy, La Pedevilla was inspired by the traditional farmhouses (known as viles) of the region. Designed by brothers Alexander and Armin Pedevilla, of Pedevilla Architectsthe house is an energy-efficient oasis with its own water source, geothermal heating, solar panels, and PV (photovoltaic) power plant. 

Photographs by Gustav Willeit via Yatzer.

Pedevilla Architecture Alpine Retreat | Remodelista

Above: The architects used locally sourced timber (solid Swiss stone pine and larch) and Dolomite stone in the construction of La Pedevilla.

La Pedevilla Dining Area | Remodelista

Above: The interiors feature a chiaroscuro effect; a mix of dark stained-wood surfaces and pale pine floors.

Pedevilla Architects Vacation Rental | Remodelista

Above: Classic Tyrolean chairs add a traditional note to the otherwise spare living/dining area.

Pedevilla Architects Italy | Remodelista

Above: Expansive windows overlook the drama-filled landscape.

Pedevilla Casa Alpina Living Room | Remodelista

Above: The architects kept the palette simple and serene.

Pedevilla Living Room | Remodelista  

Above: A slatted overlook on the second floor doubles as storage for books.

Pedevilla Architecture Alpine Rental Staircase | Remodelista

Above: A rope railing leads to the second floor. (Interested in your own nautical railing? See more, plus a DIY tutorial, at 10 Favorites: Simple Rope Stair Rails.)

Pedevilla Architecture Alpine Rental Living Room | Remodelista

Above: The second-floor study is lit by natural light that filters through the slatted interior window.

Pedevilla Villa Sitting Room | Remodelista

Above: A sitting area adjoins a bedroom.

Pedevilla Architecture Alpine Rental Bedroom | Remodelista

Above: Bedrooms feature floors, doors, and furniture made of hand-planed Swiss stone pine.

Pedevilla Architecture Alpine Rental Bedroom | Remodelista

Above: A mix of modern and traditional in the bedrooms (the Philippe Starck-designed Miss K Table Lamp is $355 from Design Within Reach).

Pedevilla Architecture Alpine Rental Bath | Remodelista

Above: The bathrooms are streamlined and austere.

La Pedevilla Bathroom Sink | Remodelista

Above: Just a few necessities.

La Pedevilla Shower | Remodelista

Above: A simple ledge in the shower serves as storage for bathing essentials.

La Pedilla Bedroom | Remodelista

Above: A mix of modern and vintage furniture animates an attic bedroom.

Pedevilla Architecture Alpine Rental Bedroom | Remodelista

Above: Light filters through a slatted window in the room

Pedevilla Architecture Alpine Rental Attic | Remodelista

Above: The attic offers its own a glimpse of the Dolomites.

La Pedevilla Town VIew | Remodelista

Above: A view of the tiny village of Mareo. Go to La Pedevilla for booking information.

Looking to make your own house more energy efficient? Read Christine's recent Remodeling 101 post: A Solar Paneling Primer.

Tour another standout mountain retreat (also for rent) in A Ski Cabin by a World-Renowned Swiss Architect.



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