Located in the countryside outside the Italian commune of Ceglie Messapico, Villa Castelluccio was revitalized by Trotter at the request of a British couple who desired a European escape. Though presently available to the public as a holiday rental, the villa retains the comfort and atmosphere of a loved home. A modern edge has been given to this 1920’s countryside villa, yet keeping a rustic feel, light an airy.
Its relaxed character is intentional; the three bedroom property has been reimagined using traditional techniques and materials and is decorated with pieces from the owners’ art collection, with simple, but luxurious, furnishings. As is customary in Italy, the social heart of the building is its open-plan kitchen. This dining and living area opens onto the garden, which features a paved area for alfresco dining, olive trees, and a swimming pool.
Bespoke kitchen tops and bathroom sinks were made from concrete, and a fireplace was added to the back room. A new outdoor kitchen and seating areas were designed to take full advantage of the great weather and rural setting, with a long wall alongside the pool, to give the feeling of an outdoor room, and offer more seclusion to the swimmer.