Torre di Moravola is managed by Seonaid, the Owner.
245 - 765/night
Suitable for 2-19 people

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Torre di Moravola pool area - Torre di Moravola, in Umbria, Italy
— Seonaid: “We chose the tower because of the views and its history. There’s something incredibly dramatic about the place. We knew within five minutes that it was the place.”
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— Please tell us a bit about Torre di Moravola please.

Seonaid: “Torre di Moravola is a small luxury boutique hotel in a remote and beautifully restored watchtower with grand views overlooking the rolling hills of Umbria, Italy. It's an incredibly dramatic place.

Although we’re only 10 minutes from the nearest village called Montone, which is picturesque and stunning, we’re off the beaten track. You really have the sense that you’re in the middle of nowhere. You’re surrounded by hidden valleys, so you can’t hear the sounds of cars and there’s no one around, so you feel as if you’re back in Medieval times with only the sounds of nature.

It reawakens the senses and offers a healing effect. I’ve seen it change some of our guests in a matter of days. They come from big cities very irate and angry, and within about three days, they’re quite happy, coming into the kitchen making cocktails and singing opera.”
Torre di Moravola lounge - Torre di Moravola, in Umbria, Italy
— Torre di Moravola lounge

— What was your inspiration to buy this tower and turn it into a small boutique hotel?

Seonaid: “Christopher and I both had enough of working for other people. I remember we saw a Destination Architecture article about turning an old building into something that was very contemporary. We thought the idea was beautiful.

We began looking in Tuscany, which we didn’t like — it was far too British and too commercialized. We stumbled upon Perugia, drove around and saw literally hundreds of buildings.

We chose the tower because of the views and its history. There’s something incredibly dramatic about the place. We knew within five minutes that it was the place.

We didn’t realize how much work it would take to clean it up however. We were rather naïve about that. It was a ruin with trees growing out of the center. There was no water or gas or electricity. Nothing. It took us five years to restore the building.”
 - Torre di Moravola, in Umbria, Italy

— How would you describe the style of the hotel?

Seonaid: “We couldn’t change the size of the windows or do anything that was going to interfere with the outside, except the terraces and the pool, so we created a minimal but comfortable interior, which contrasted against the style of the tower. The most important thing to us was maintaining the stonemanship. We wanted the stones to speak for themselves so the signatures of the builders from the 10th, 11th, and 12th centuries are still there. It’s a winning combination that works very well.”
 - Torre di Moravola, in Umbria, Italy

— Please tell us a bit about the rooms and the facilities at Torre di Moravola.

Seonaid: “Apart from the seven suites, we have a huge terrace with lots of space all around. There are two large sitting rooms with ancient fireplaces — one is from the 12th century and the other contains our modern interpretation of that. There’s a dining room but most of the time we eat on the terrace, or set up tables in the olive grove or by the pool. We also have a massage room by the pool where we offer yoga and Pilates.

If people are here for romance, they can have privacy in specific pavilions we set up. We ask the holiday guests what they would like and we work it out. It’s very laid back and quite casual, but in a professional kind of way.”
West pavilion terrace - Torre di Moravola, in Umbria, Italy
— West pavilion terrace

— Please tell us a bit about the food you serve at the hotel restaurant.

Seonaid: “Our food here at Torre di Moravola follows the localvore philosophy. We have a huge vegetable garden and our meat is all organic. The menus are reinterpreted Italian and Umbrian dishes, but the quality is extremely high.

At the end of October and in November we have truffle season around here and people come from all over — Japan, Australia, America — to experience the festivities.”
Torre di Moravola pool area - Torre di Moravola, in Umbria, Italy
— Torre di Moravola pool area
 
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