Although Jon and Marco had to convert the stables and parts of the building used for making and storing wine into liveable spaces, their principal aim was to preserve and restore the structure using original construction techniques and materials.
Because of its size, Tre Contrade has to be rented out to make it financially viable, but it is only available to private parties. 'It is not a hotel: it is a home,' says Jon. The couple did not use an interior designer. 'The prospect was daunting, but the decoration had to be personal.'
Jon and Marco turned the overgrown area around the house into a rose garden and lawn, and a little further down the hill added a luxurious L-shape infinity pool. More recently, they have added paths through the lemon farm and replaced an area of diseased trees with 50 olive trees.