Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Life -

Gar­den-lovers will have heard of La Foce, an es­tate cre­ated by Ce­cil Pin­sent for the writer Iris Origo in the 1920s and 1930s. It is still an in­spir­ing ex­am­ple of Re­nais­sance-style plant­ing with its clipped box hedges and el­e­gant foun­tains. For Origo, its green ge­om­e­try gave a pleas­ing “sense of or­der to na­ture.” Stay nearby at the lovely new seven-room Ho­tel Mon­teverdi, in a me­di­ae­val vil­lage with cas­tle, 12th-Cen­tury chapel, and cob­bled streets in­tact. A laven­der-bor­dered in­fin­ity pool has been added, a kitchen gar­den planted and, with walks among cy­press trees on of­fer, this has quickly be­come a true Eden in the parched heart of Tus­cany’s Crete Se­n­esi, the clay foothills of Siena. www.mon­teverdi­tus­cany.com

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