Our Italian journey started when John took me to the Italian lake district. I loved it! The Italians understand the essence of life; enjoying it.
John had come here for holidays for over 40 years, he feels rooted here. Families sitting together at the lake sharing a meal and snoozing in the shade, la vita è bella.
On our holidays John and I discussed moving to Italy. We wanted to change our hectic lives and do something else. Our Italian journey was born.
John worked as senior manager in hospitals (radiotherapy, radiology and nuclear medicine). I had my own freelance (IT management) company.
Maybe hospitality? Italy felt like the right place to do that and we dreamed of starting a glamping or a bed & breakfast.
For over three years we looked for a house in Italy that would be perfect for our guests and ourselves. A private place in the hills with great views. Close enough to towns, bars and restaurants.
A house with plenty of space for guests and a part that could be converted into accommodation for us. All within driving distance of airports, major cities and the sea.
We named it Cascina GianTino and we hope it will be your home away from home.
Say yes to new adventures!
Timeline of our Italian journey
Yearly summer holidays in Italy
Enjoying la dolce vita, dreaming of a bed & breakfast or glamping some day.
House hunting in Marche and Piemonte
Visiting various Italian regions throughout the seasons to search for the right property.
Renting before buying a house in Italy
Selling everything in The Netherlands. Renting in Piemonte before buying a restoration project.
Designing & building our dream home
Working out the best ideas for house and garden and managing the restoration.
Proudly opening our guest house
Our Italian journey enters a new phase. We start inviting guests to live la dolce vita!
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“From the panoramic location of the fab house, to the spacious, well designed rooms, to the friendly, easygoing hospitality including a welcome drink & delish breakfasts, it was perfect! Great location in wine country, near wonderful restaurants & small historic villages, and the hosts are happy to help you with recommendations. Small place with other nice guests that appreciate the low-key boutique environment.”
“The small cascina has been tastefully renovated and furnished. We felt very much at home. The warmth of the two hosts from hello to goodbye cannot be described, you have to experience it! We will be happy to come back.”