When architect Christopher Chong and his partner Seonaid Mackenzie first purchased the Torre di Moravola in Italy, the 12th century watchtower was a crumble of ruins that had bushes and trees sticking out of it. They naively entered into the contract, underestimating what it would take to bring it back to life. But six years later, the stone building has emerged as a gorgeous boutique hotel overlooking the majestic Tiber Valley.
It wasn’t until Chong and Mackenzie started to work on the old ruins that they realized how much was necessary to restore it, but it was essential to both of them to maintain the integrity of the old stone which had stood in place since the 10th-12th century. Using steel and concrete, the duo re-stabilized the walls – none of which stood straight or perpendicular – and then set about converting the space into a tranquil haven for guests.
Atria on either side of the watch tower promotes natural lighting and ventilation. There are seven suites in sum, along with communal areas, a large terrace and two living rooms with ancient fireplaces. There’s a vegetable garden, and all meat served is organic. Perched high on a hill, Torre di Morvala has incredible views of the surrounding valley and guests can enjoy a variety of nature immersion activities.