“A remote and magical medieval watchtower with 360º views over ancient hills, restored with super-sleek 21st-century design”
The 7 rooms and suites are each unique but share features - grey Pietra Serena stone floors, concealed lighting, kingsize beds elevated on wooden platforms, a smattering of antiques, white armchairs and neutral soft furnishings. Thick stone walls ensure rooms are cool without the need for noisy air conditioning.
Bathrooms are ultra-modern with sunken stone bathtubs, marmorino plaster walls, glass screened power showers and fluffy robes; decadent stuff.
Designed as mini towers, the West, East, North and South Tower Suites have downstairs bathrooms and bedrooms reached via steel floating staircases. We loved the East Tower Suite with its blue cushions and brown silk eiderdown, small writing desk and flower-framed balcony. The South Tower Suite is very big, with a downstairs seating area and space enough for families upstairs.
The smallest room is the West Room, on the ground floor. Glass doors open onto a small private terrace, with steps up to the fire pool area, and a compact but chic bathroom features a marble pane in place of a window to let in light. The other one-level room is the West Suite, on the first floor; L-Shaped with a terracotta plastered bathroom.
The Tower Suite is at the very top of Moravola’s central glass staircase and occupies the whole upper tower. Entered via low wood doors, a modular sofa and fluffy white rug sit in front of an original fireplace, while several feet above your head, a metal balustrade runs around the tower. Vertigo sufferers should avoid the climb to look through the archers’ windows. A small bedroom leads off the main living area, and through a skylight above the bed we watched shooting stars at night, and in the morning, swifts scuttling across the glass. There's a vast dressing room under the eaves with its own terrace, and the bathroom has a huge stone tub, rain shower and medieval-style trapdoor-covered loo!
Moravola follows the Slow Food principle and ingredients are sourced locally; food is simple but delicious. Breakfast is included and lunch and dinner is by request. If you’re taking over the tower, meals can be worked out in advance.
Breakfast (included) consists of breads, cakes and pastries, prosciutto and cheese, fresh fruit, muesli and homemade jams, as well as a number of cooked options; it's taken on the East Terrace. Lunch, eaten beneath the viewing pavilion by the herb garden, is light antipasti or a bowl of pasta - we enjoyed a traditional pasta with wild boar sauce the day before our wedding (supposedly providing the groom with ‘strength’!)
Dinner could be roasted suckling pork (porchetta) seasoned with herbs from the garden or delicious lasagne. There's an honesty bar by the pool and you can also order drinks from the staff.
If you want to eat out, the delicious and reasonably priced Erba Luna restaurant in neighbouring Montone is a picturesque spot; its terrace hugs the town walls. If you don't have a car, the owners will ferry you to and from if they're free.
To preserve the peace for other guests, kids between 2 and 14 years are not accepted unless the whole property is booked. Extra beds, baby cots and baby monitors are all available for babies and older children, however.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking