Malatesta Maison: Farmhouse Chic in Italy by

Issue 55 · Roman Holiday · January 15, 2013

Malatesta Maison: Farmhouse Chic in Italy

Issue 55 · Roman Holiday · January 15, 2013

Once a holiday home; always a holiday home? In 1485, the House of Malatesta, the ruling family of Rimini, built their country house in the Italian inland town of what is now known as Pergola and welcomed visitors through the ages. Or should we say the house kept welcoming visitors (the Malatestas were expelled in the early 1500s).

Five centuries later, after a short period of abandonment, this rustic country house has been lovingly restored into a family-run hotel and home; and the Malatesta Maison continues its destiny of welcoming visitors who are looking for peaceful repose in the valley of The Marches.

Images via Malatesta Maison.

Cafe table and chairs in front of rustic stone wall of Italian country house

Above: An impromptu cafe table and chairs offer a sunny respite to visiting guests who come to stay at this B&B, which offers seven rooms. For rates, see Malatesta-Maison.

Hall entry with round Tveit & Tornoe wooden hooks on walls, bench and green wellies

Above: The obligatory "wellies" are always ready for that walk in the countryside.

White room with morrocan berber carpet, white slipcover couch, black frames on wall

Above: The common room is shared by all the visitors.

black frames and birdnest on wall

Above: The personal style of the owners runs throughout the house. For more, see their lifestyle blog Malatesta; La Nostra Maison de Charme.

white walls, morrocan berber wall, black coffee tables, round wood table

Above: All-white interiors provide an elegant background for the modern furnishings and natural palette.

blue kitchen cabinets, tolix stools, big pendant lamp

Above: Visitors pull Tolix stools up to the island and take breakfast in the working kitchen.

white room, long wood dining room table, white eames chairs

Above: In the 21st century, visitors to Malatesta Maison dine on Eames chairs.

bed with blue bedspread

Above: Every bedroom is furnished by the owners from their travels abroad or their finds from secret Italian markets.

grey wardrobe painted out to match walls, vintage suitcases on display in corner

Above: A simple wardrobe with a nod to a traditional profile is painted gray to blend in with the walls of the smallest room.

black wood chair in front of blonde wood table

Above: Black accents are used throughout, offering contrast to the natural palette.

basket of meadow flowers, deck chair with towel in front of stone building

Above: Malatesta Maison is a complex of three buildings including a spa for those in search of deep repose.

N.B.: Planning a trip to Italy? See City Guides - Italy.

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