— What was your inspiration to buy Indulgence Divine?
— Indulgence Divine lounge
— What is the history of the house?
I haven’t yet researched the original owners of the house, but what is for sure is that it dates back to the time of the Knights of St. John. The size of its hand cut stones indicates that it was built in the 1500s.
Indulgence Divine is located in the restricted Collacchio area within the walls of the original town, right on a natural harbour. The Order of St. John was a maritime organization. It was vital for them to be close to their ships. I doubt the original owner was a Knight, I rather fancy it would have been a wealthy merchant.”
— Indulgence Divine kitchen
— When you bought Indulgence Divine, did you have to refurbish it or was it in quite an original state?
Our architect is a specialist in restoration and has worked on projects far more substantial than Indulgence Divine. So we had the expertise on hand for all that the building works threw at us. It wasn't just a question of restoration. We designed Indulgence Divine with holiday living in mind; introducing more light and making sure that the space both inspired and intrigued.”
— How would you desccribe the style of Indulgence Divine?
The design is unfettered from the muted colours of considered 'style' but large areas of white consolidate the wild colour scheme. There are few “found pieces” such as the French Liberty bed, but most of the furniture is bespoke or altered in some way. My favourite piece is the wardrobe. It stands there like a monumental niche, waiting to display our guests' favourite ensemble, an open pièce de résistance, unlike other wardrobes, which tend to be closed and taciturn. Of course it would be totally impractical in a home, it’s designed for short adventures.”
— Indulgence Divine dining room
— I really like the bathroom as well. The tiles look beautiful.
What you can’t see in the pictures is the texture on the tiles. It's like leather, very subtle, but it feels soft to the touch when you’re in the bathroom.”
— Indulgence Divine bathroom
— How did you come up with the name Indulgence Divine?