— How would you describe The Farmhouse in a nutshell?
— Farmhouse bedroom
— What inspired you to move to Italy and open a vacation rental?
We purchased the estate almost 20 years ago. It was a ruin and little by little we restored it. We restored our villa first from the ground up, adding windows, doors and fixing the roof. We then progressed to the farmhouse and finished that just last year.
When we moved to Italy full time six years ago, it seemed like a good idea to rent out the villa to vacation guests, as we had done that for years to friends prior to moving there. We also had a bicycle touring company and knew the area well. Our guests had expressed interest in staying there, so it fit right in.”
— Dining area
— Please tell us more about the farm.
We have a white sheep dog, cats, and chickens roaming around the farm. People love to visit with the animals, especially the children. And of course, our chickens offer fresh eggs every day.”
— How would you describe your farmhouse vacation rental?
We used only local materials in the renovations. There is a lot of wrought iron and all the typical materials you find in Umbria, yet we gave it a little lighter and more modern feel.
All of the bedrooms and bathrooms are big. There is a lot of open space. Each room has a private terrace, and one of the bedrooms has an outdoor bathtub. There’s a great fireplace outside on the terrace.”
— Farmhouse bathroom
— What other amenities and services do you offer?
Even though the place is self-catering, we have two wonderful chefs who can come to either building. Guests can request meals and watch the chefs rolling out the pasta in the kitchens. Our own home-grown ingredients are used in preparing the meals.
We also have bikes. It’s hilly and rigorous biking, so it’s probably not for beginners, but if you’re a cycling enthusiast, you’ll love it. There are a lot of animals, as it’s a hunting preserve, and there are a lot of walking and hiking trails to explore.”
— Farmhouse pool