The mill dates from the 1600s, and for more than three hundred years local farmers brought their grains, or sometimes chestnuts, to be milled into flour. These days its surrounded by forest, but until around sixty years ago the steep slopes surrounding the mill were cultivated: wheat, oats corn and chestnuts were all grown in this region.
The river Bidente at the bottom of the garden is a tranquil place to get your feet wet, in the shade of the beech and oak trees. The pebbled riverside is the perfect place to relax with a book or a glass of something.
Casa del Mugnaio
The main building was where the mill operator – the mugnaio – lived with his family. Thick stone walls keep the rooms inside cool, even on the hottest summer days. On the ground floor, a reception room where you can relax around the fire in the cooler months. This room used to be a kitchen – look out for the original stone sink, placed under the window for dishwashing with a view. The stone flags on the floor are also original.
Next door is the breakfast room, for the times when the weather isn’t up to outdoor dining. A large pellet stove keeps a cozy atmosphere.
Stone steps lead upstairs to the four double rooms. These rooms have been completely refurbished, with insulated, tiled floors for soundproofing and thermal comfort. The en suite bathrooms have a WC, washbasin and generous shower.
Natural furnishings in plain wood complement the outside surroundings and give a relaxing, uncluttered mood to the rooms. The bedside tables are made from waste wood, doors and shutters are original – individually refinished with love.
The smaller building houses the mill itself. Water diverted from the river powered the mill turbine, turning the heavy millstone wh ich crushed the grains. The rooms above the mill house provided temporary accommodation for the grain bearer, who might have travelled for up to a day. The junior suite and family room now take this space. The two rooms are separated but for larger groups, the entire building can be booked for a fully independent space.
The mulino has a generous garden flanking the river, with forested slopes on each side. The various buildings of the mill complex are there to be explored, and you’ll share them with walkers passing through – the surrounding forest contains many hiking trails.
The smallest building is a simply furnished mountain refuge. In line with Italian mountain tradition, we keep this room available at all times to hikers who need shelter.