A charming hamlet in Franciacorta

Location: Monticelli Brusati, Brescia
Designer: Studio Guglielmina Masperoni, Brescia
Project: Renovation
Client: Private
Steel profiles for doors and windows: Palladio Spa, Treviso
Photos: archivio Villa Franciacorta
Villa Franciacorta is one of leading winemakers in the Lombardy region.

The history of the Villa farm is strictly tied to the hamlet of the same name, situated in the Monticelli Brusati municipal district in the heart of Franciacorta, which has been famous for centuries for its wine production and widely celebrated by historians, poets and scholars.
The farm spreads around the hamlet and occupies a total of 35 hectares, 30 in a single lot. The current acreage is the result of very hard and demanding work which began in 1962 when the land was initially reclaimed, followed by gradually incorporating the area and planting the vines along the way.
Today, as in the past, visitors are still enchanted by this lovely village and the wine cellars, which reflect the gradual development of the company, delight the memories of those who have had the honour of sampling one of the prestigious wines in the collection within the ancient palazzo walls.
Over the years, the medieval hamlet of Villa Franciacorta has been renovated in total respect of the architectural traditions and using the materials from the historic buildings. In fact, the buildings have the typical “horizontal” design of ancient Lombardy houses, when the farmhouses were the home to a number of families.
A recent renovation has been carried out on the last of these buildings, which is used as a reception area and offices, and by closing the large tilting sliding windows along the loggia on the first and second floors, the building has been fully recovered and true value has been restored to it.
The first floor comprised a loggia that the bedrooms used to open onto, and recently it was used for the archives. By closing the room off and demolishing some of the partition walls, a single large room has been created with a veranda, which forms a continuation between inside and out and a frame that enhances the beauty of the ancient hamlet, with its pebbled medieval streets and luxuriant vineyards.
The second floor used to be the hayloft and comprises a single room that is open at the front, and it has remained unchanged but has been enhanced by cleaning the beams and laying a hand-planed oak floor in line with current standards, and the balcony has been closed by glazed windows. This way a study-lounge has been created that overlooks the hamlet through a series of natural squares, which give a delightful all-round view of the hamlet meaning that the majestic panorama can be enjoyed in full even on the coldest of days.

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