As Genius Loci celebrates its 10th season, I have enjoyed pouring through old photographs and am so very pleased to share visual moments of and some thoughts from this amazing adventure.
Even with our clear vision for an inviting inn, anchored in but not limited to, Umbrian tradition (its rural setting, antique building materials, architectural details, no-fuss furnishings, and colors), reaching our goal, nevertheless, often seemed so far away… and so dauntingly overwhelming when we first began.
The history-filled 1880s farmhouse needed extensive renovation and ever-flexible creativity to overcome the many obstacles. It required such unwavering steadfastness and attention to detail in order to finally reach our desired goal of providing guests with a welcoming, comfortable, relaxed ambiance inn that provided luxury…but with an “easy” sense of a feel-good rustic elegance.
We aimed to create a tranquil and refined oasis, exactly the type that we ourselves always sought/seek during our travels. We knew/know well the certain feeling that we yearned/yearn for at the end of our culturally stimulating (and often exhausting) days exploring Italy’s endless treasures of history, natural beauty, art and world-famous food – that certain feeling where we found/find peace of mind and psychological well-being – both so necessary to reload for more of the fascinating stimulation the following morning.
Towards our goal and in keeping with our particular genius loci (the spirit of place), we aimed for:
* luxurious rooms ideally positioned to enjoy the sweeping views
* an inviting outdoor portico with magnificent views and comfortable seating for quiet time
* a large-enough panoramic solarium and pool to provide private spaces
* delicious and beautifully-presented breakfast buffets which reflected/reflect the very best of local traditions and specialties
* an inviting Honor Bar
* a charmingly comfortable Library/Reading room
Enjoy the slideshow for a glimpse of our attempt to implement our vision of creating the welcoming hospitality, refinement and relaxed elegance that is Genius Loci Country Inn.
Won’t you come to experience the magic for yourself and share our 10th Anniversary Celebration?