La Selva is a beautiful traditional Mediterranean house located in San Terenziano, Italy, redesigned in 2021 by Special Umbria.


This is a property that whispers cool design, while shouting luxury, comfort and style. Built on the wooded slopes of the rolling Umbrian hills, the international owners took down an original structure, replacing it with this sensitive build – a characterful house that incorporates stonework from the old farmhouse.

La Selva spans a main house, with five spacious, en suite bedrooms, and a garden annex with another large en-suite double on a mezzanine level.

It is a property that fuses old with new, handcrafted pieces with high-end design, simplicity with sophistication. A careful curation of lamps, rugs, ceramics and modern art from Sicily, Puglia and Morocco add colour and character to the beautifully proportioned rooms. The house has both a cooling system and under-floor heating, and is spacious enough to offer privacy, while drawing people together with the intimacy of its layout.

Outside there are two verandas for al fresco dining and a shaded lounge spot by the 12mx4m heated pool. The annex has a sitting room on the ground floor, as well as a bathroom and a kitchen, which serve the pool area.

The property is a short drive from the nearest village and close to Todi and Perugia. Its exact location ensures guests’ privacy yet is not remote.

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