The Lemon Tree House is an artist residency program designed to encourage the creative, intellectual and personal growth of emerging and established artists, musicians and writers in beautiful Tuscany. Its aim is to support creative process in a unique and historically rich environment, allowing devoted time, dialogue and space for creative work, as well as providing interesting opportunities for cultural exchange and development. Writers and artists have the best of both worlds- the freedom to work in peace during the day, with the option to meet up with the group for cocktails, dinner and artist talks with featured Artists and Writers-in-Residence in the evening. Located in a tranquil hamlet in the Cetona foothills, residents have access to the full grounds, as well as a workspace in their private rooms.
Whether you need that quiet time to complete a project, hope to launch a new idea, or simply a quiet, beautiful space to get away and focus, The Lemon Tree House Residency is a perfect way to explore the creative process. Two full weeks of isolated artistic time with the benefit of one-on-one sessions with in-house instructors and international authors & artists, conversational exchange with fellow attendees, nightly cocktail hour and three course dinners prepared by a personal chef. At The Lemon Tree House there is plenty of solitude in which to work, with the benefits of like-minded company in what we know can often be a rather isolating pursuit. Past guest lecturers include Pulitzer Prize nominee Garrett Hongo, Giller-nominated Sarah Selecky, Italian author Pietro Grossi, Canadian painters Sarah Cale, Ryley O’Byrne and French visual artist Christian Gosselin, Michael Salu: creative director and writer from the U.K., New York Times bestseller Ibi Kaslik, American writer and comic artist Nadja Spiegelman, award-winning authors Pasha Malla and Greg Brownderville, journalist/novelist Cheryl Tan and the 2018 winner of the Dayton Peace Prize, author Hala Alyan.
Duration of residency
The residency program is two weeks long.
La Capanne (Capanne means “shack” in Italian but it is anything but!) features five bedrooms and bathrooms over three floors, finished is a sophisticated yet comfortable style, with a bright kitchen, a large sitting area with fireplaces and a garden and luxurious pool outside.
Le Capanne (400 sq m) sits one kilometer below the hamlet of Camporsevoli and is an independent home surrounded by its own fenced in garden and private pool. Built on the slope of the hill and divided on three levels, it provides ample private space for larger groups of friends or family.
The five double bedrooms and five bathrooms are divided on the three floors, with the master suite on the topmost level. The large sitting room, dining room and kitchen all have French doors that open onto the garden. A smaller sitting room on the top floor provides a quieter place for television and reading. Both the downstairs living room and upstairs TV room have open fireplaces.
CASA DEL NERI
Casa del Neri, situated near to the family villa, has four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. The kitchen and dining room, complete with open fireplace are above the sitting room, which opens to the outdoor el fresco dining area. Surrounded by cypress, it is a beautiful quiet place to relax.
Casa del Neri (250 sq mt) is in the hamlet of Camporsevoli. It has a private fenced-off area with lounge chairs under a shady tree, perfect for relaxing, and a wooden table and chairs for outdoor dining.
Four comfortable double bedrooms (two on each floor) — each with its own bathroom — provide accommodation for 8 people. Kitchen and dining room are on the first floor, whereas the sitting room is on the ground floor with direct outdoor access. Both dining and sitting room feature open fireplaces.
The pool is a short walk up a cypress lined path which makes it supremely peaceful.
CASA DI ENRICO
Casa di Enrico is a smaller but gorgeous building with vaulted ceilings, spacious kitchen and sitting room with two bedrooms and a shared bathroom. Casa Di Enrico shares a garden area behind the building with La Canonica.
Casa di Enrico was restored in the 800s when work on the main villa was begun and the Grossi family needed accommodation during the process. For this reason – notwithstanding the fact that it’s a smaller and simpler house – the two bedrooms still maintain delightful frescoed decorations on the vaulted ceilings.
On the first floor of the building (i.e. not ground floor), the apartment is reached by an internal staircase. It offers a rather large and spacious kitchen with a dining table, a comfortable sitting room with working fireplace and two bedrooms. One has an enormous double bed (can be split in two twins) and another one has twin beds. The two rooms share a bathroom with a built in shower box.
Together with La Canonica it shares a small garden behind the building.
La Canonica was originally built as the residence of the parish priest, but is now completely renovated, with wooden floors, a comfortable sitting room with wood burning stove, kitchen and adjoining dining room, bathroom with deep tub, and three bedrooms.
La Canonica was the very first house to be rented in Camporsevoli. It was completely renovated and now offers lovely wooden floors in place of the tiles while maintaining the rooms with antique terracotta floors.
On the first floor of the building (i.e. not ground floor), the apartment is reached by an internal staircase which lands in a large and spacious sitting room with and antique wood burning stove and pleasant dining area on one side of the room. The kitchen is comfortable and well equipped. There are three bedrooms: a large double bedroom, one with twin beds and a delightfully welcoming single room. The bedrooms all share one bathroom with bathtub and shower curtain.
Together with La Canonica it shares a small garden behind the building.
Il Poderino is our most recent restoration project, completed in the summer of 2014. It’s a splendid farmhouse, formerly used as the stables for the horses in Cmaporsevoli.
The restoration involved a large consolidation of the house, built overlooking a breathtaking view. Padroni is an independent house, 1 km below the hamlet of Camporsevoli, accessed by a private road that offers total independence and privacy. It’s divided on two floors following the slope of the hill therefore both floors have direct access to the garden.
The lower floor hosts a very large living room, with open fireplace and reading / TV corner, 2 double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Both these bedrooms on the lower floor have French windows onto the garden.
On the upper floor you will find a large kitchen with separate laundry room, large dining room with open fireplace and other two double bedrooms, again each with ensuite bathrooms. The bedrooms divided on two floors, offer privacy and independence.
The third floor of the Central Villa of Camporsevoli has been previously reserved for family use only. It is accessible by a separate entrance and boasts incredible views. The apartment has three double bedrooms and two bathrooms, living room, library and eat-in kitchen and is decorated with beautiful antique furniture.
Cocktails & Dinner are served in the hamlet’s brand new dining area and library: Il Granaio.
RECEPTION ROOM LIBRARY
The Reception Room library is a beautiful space with incredible views of Umbria, featuring a giant fireplace, antique furniture, Etruscan tombs, a large table and comfortable furniture for reading. This is also where we host our nightly talks with Artists in Residence Monday – Thursday evenings.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
The Lemon Tree House supports the following disciplines:
Writing- Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry, Playwriting, Screenwriting and Journalism.
Visual Arts- Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, Books Arts, Conceptual Art, Digital Art, Film and Video, Illustration, Mixed Media.
Performing Arts- Songwriting, Composition, Performance, Performance Art, Choreography.
Studio / Workspace
All artists are provided with a space in our studio. All writers are provided with a writing area in their bedrooms.
Fees and support
The cost of The Lemon Tree House program is 2600€.
Work exchange option are filled for this session but to apply for future sessions, please inquire with us directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Expectations towards the artist
We encourage all writers and artists to share their work during their stay. Each evening, our artists-in-residence offer a one hour craft talk on various subjects, followed by readings and shows by fellow attendees. While attendees are not required to give a formal talk themselves, we allow extra talk spots for those who feel they have something to contribute to the group during the second week of the residency. Everything at The Lemon Tree House is optional. Our main priority is simply that everyone achieves the goals they’ve set out for themselves at the beginning of their stay with us.