A Vicarious Visit to Camilla Guinness’ Arniano

A couple of weeks ago, T Magazine published a feature on British interior designer Camilla Guinness. Known for her eclectic mix of English style with dramatic glamour, she created interiors for the likes of Isabella Blow and “an inner circle of bohemian Brits,” most notably, Ned and Marina Lambton, whose 17th century Tuscan villa she helped to restore. Her characteristic insouciant mix can be seen in the drawing room with grisaille panels over gilt consoles, simple linen upholstery and an Ikea rug.

Camilla Guinness interiors of Italian villa, photo Oberto Gili for AD

A charming guest bedroom includes Chelsea textiles bed hangings.

Camilla Guiness interiors, photo Oberto Gili for ADphotos above by Oberto Gili for Architectural Digest

Guinness is part of a creative family by both birth and marriage (her ex-sister-in-law is designer Rose Uniacke). Husband, Jasper Guinness, grandson of Diana Mitford, was part of Oxford’s gilded youth, eventually finding his way to Chianti. After marrying, Jasper and Camilla bought Arniano, a dilapidated Tuscan farmhouse that they lovingly restored and where he found his ultimate calling as a horticulturist and garden designer. Although Jasper died in 2011, Camilla still owns Arniano and, since much of this summer has been devoted to travel, I thought you might like to have a peek at this paradisiacal destination which is available to rent.

Arniano villa owned and decorated by Camilla Guinness

The interiors strike just the right note of British country meets Tuscan tradition. Approximately twenty minutes southeast of Siena, the villa is the essence of casual chic.

Camilla Guinness Chianti Villa terrace

Beautiful views encourage days of lounging on the terrace or by the pool, perhaps sampling the local wines.


pool at Camilla Guinness' ArnianoAnd even if the weather is not pitch perfect, there seems to be ample sources for entertainment, from plenty to read

Arniano Tuscan villa

to a well equipped kitchen to test the local fare.

Camilla Guinness' Tuscan villa kitchen

If you are looking for more cultural stimulation, Camilla’s daughter Amber and friend, artist Will Roper-Curzon run the Arniano Painting School, offering courses in April based at the Villa. William trained at City and Guilds of London and the Prince of Wales’s Royal Drawing School, has been artist in residence at Dumfries House as part of the Prince’s Trust and has exhibited in many galleries in Paris and London.

Will Roper-Curzon landscape

William Roper-Curzon drawing

William Roper-Curzon portrait

Amber provides the sophisticated sustenance, specializing in Tuscan cuisine, based on the highest quality of local ingredients.

Amber Guinness cooking at Ariano

Whether pasta with fresh local tomatoes, spinach and ricotta malfatt or chargrilled vegetables, you can be sure your meals will be fresh and delicious and authentically Tuscan,

Amber Guinness cooking at Ariano villa

served in the most beautiful setting.

Amber Guinness cooking on Ariano villa terrace

Arniano terrace

Arniano terrace

But no matter why or when you go, you will be visiting a home filled with history and love.

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