The ancient stone farmhouse dates from the eighteenth century and was restored in 2010 after having been left derelict for many years. The conversion strove to retain the original character of the building and to try to recapture the flavour of a rural house where for decades people lived their lives while working the land around.
We preferred to exploit the warmth of the materials used in the simple buildings of this hilly area, using the light amber-coloured stone found in the fields, in combination with poplar, oak, iron and earthenware tiles.
The rooms are still basically those typical of rural buildings in the area: the Old Hayloft (220 sq. m), the Old Stables (135 sq. m), the “Porta Morta”, the barn, the bedrooms and smaller adjoining rooms, and the “Barchessa” and Barnyard outside, which can be used all the year round, thanks to air-conditioning units and natural ventilation.
The large rooms, facing onto the garden or barnyard, make the Montebello Park farmhouse a perfect location for weddings and events in general. The rooms and outer areas can be laid out to suit all needs. The garden has been conceived as a small botanical garden and contains all sorts of local species, herbs and old fruit trees, complete with labels with their Latin names.
The farmhouse was originally the building from which the “Cerreto” farm was run, probably taking its name from a copse of Quercus cerris (Austrian oak). It was home to a large family until just after the First World War, some of whose members still live in the nearby village of Montecavolo and remember well how rural life was led in those days.
The building is included in the booklet entitled “Insediamento storico e beni culturali: commune di Quattro Castella” (“Ancient buildings and the cultural heritage: municipality of Quattro Castella) edited by Walter Baricchi: “110 - Salvarano Cerreto – the buildings are included in maps dating from the early nineteenth century and were probably built in the eighteenth century” (p. 72).