When we moved to Umbria to work the land in 1975, our farmhouse – without heat, running hot water, electricity, bathroom – rented for 25, 000 lire per month. Sound like a fortune? That would be about US $25 today.
The right price as you can see here:
Animals lived in the stalls below (la zona rustica) and upstairs (la zona casa), we had two bedrooms, a storeroom and kitchen (with large fireplace and a wood stove, our only heat sources).
But thanks to Pino’s restoration, our farmhouse now looks like this:
….and to the left of the our restored farmhouse, do note the building with solar panels on the roof,
dubbed the “casa nuova” (“new house”) by our children as we lived there while their Papa’ restored the farmhouse (“la casa vecchia” – the old house).
Our family has now returned to the restored farmhouse, living room and kitchen bath and guest room downstairs (in place of the stalls!) and bedrooms upstairs.
And “la casa nuova” has become a three-bedroom, two-bath apartment which we rent. The name…? “Casa Nuova”…..logicamente!
The marble-topped table from our old farmhouse kitchen is in the center of the apartment kitchen:
….and on that marble-topped table in our old farmhouse kitchen, I used to make our pasta (photo 1976):
On that table now, Deruta maiolica dishes and goodness from our garden welcome apartment guests:
All rooms in our apartments are furnished with antique wooden furniture:
…. and local textiles, woods, ceramics and original artworks add welcoming touches:
….and we leave our guests abundant information on Umbria:
Do come soon and enjoy the quiet…
….and we’ll tell you all about our life on the land and what we learned from our farm friends – like Peppe and Mandina (photo: October 1975 – as they help us pick our grapes):
Agenzia Viaggi Stoppini in Assisi handles all technical support for my guided visits (bus transportation, organization of meals, etc)