The heart of the home, the arthouse kitchen is spacious and sunny, south-facing windows looking out on the mountain, valley and greenery below. There are retro tiles all around the walls, up to 1.8 m, and a beautiful vaulted ceiling.

The kitchen is entered directly from the shared corridor by a set of simple double doors. From the kitchen you have the small sun room and bathroom, the chapel bedroom. At the back of the kitchen there is a larder and spectacular stucco arch with cherub angel, vines and floral forms – below this is a window up into the sanctuary room (behind the Buddha statue in the photos).

In the main kitchen space is a Boschetti 80l water heater, which works from both electricity and/ or fire. This serves the open shower in the first bathroom, and the bathtub in the second bathroom. There is also a simple 4-ring gas cooker with oven, which works from a gas bottle (the town has recently had gas infrastructure put in, so mains gas will be a future option) – very economical. There’s also a lovely retro ceramic sink.

There is fitted shelving in the corner of the kitchen and in the larder at the back, made out of reclaimed wood. This provides a variety of storage spaces, alongside old wooden drawers mounted as wall shelves, and a cupboard for pans. There’s a low work surface with a long herb-jar shelf, and a big, extendable table with four chairs.

The high-speed wifi (in the master bedroom) has a strong signal at the kitchen table; it’s a fantastic place to sit and work, looking out over the panorama. By the kitchen entrance there are coat-hooks, and the intercom for the main front door.

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