Interval International has announced the affiliation of Residence La Ferriera, a shared ownership resort in the heart of Tuscany. Built in 1875, the property is in the village of Loro Ciufenna, which dates back to the 8th century B.C.
Four rustic stone buildings have been restored to house one- and two- bedroom apartments. Units feature spacious dining and living areas with wood beamed ceilings and windowsills, Cotto floor tiles, furniture made by local craftsmen, kitchenettes, flat screen TVs, and internet access.
Guests can lounge on the sun deck, swim in the outdoor pool (open from May 1 to Sept. 30), play tennis, and fish in the river. The on-site restaurant, which features a meal plan, serves breakfast and dinner. The wine shop has a wide selection of Tuscan wines and olive oil, and the resort staff offers cooking lessons and food and wine tastings. Wine tours of Tuscany and day-trips to Arezzo and Cortona, Cinque Terre, Siena and San Gimigano, Pisa and Lucca, and other neighboring towns are also available. Nearby are a wellness center and spa, horseback riding, and sport fishing.
“Residence La Ferriera has had many lives — as a foundry, flour mill, silk thread producer, the village’s power plant, and soap-oil factory — before our family purchased it in 1996 and brought it back to life as a vacation ownership property,” noted Mauro Rampi, managing director of the resort.
On the Valdarno slope of the Pratomagno mountains, Loro Ciuffenna is a scenic village with cobblestone streets, narrow alleyways, and terracotta and mustard stone houses overlooking the gorge of the Ciuffenna River. An arched Romanesque bridge connects the town and leads to the Porta dell’Orologio, or the Clock Gate, in the city center. Among its main attractions are the Palazzo Venturi museum, Santa Maria Asunta church, and one of the oldest working water mills in the region.