After having worked as (Dutch) lawyers over 35 years we , Willem Smit and Edith Brons, decided to change track and to dedicate ourselves to another passion, arts. We have always had a wide interest in arts. A few years ago we got in touch with the meditative power of sculpturing ‘al fresco’ in the wonderful Italian landscape. That was very inspiring. We wished to share this experience with other people. So in 2004 we started undertaking the search for an inspiring spot in central Italy. Three years of efforts were rewarded: finally we found a wonderful, poetical spot in the south of Umbria. The location is more than ideal just between Rome and Florence, easily accessible both by public transport and by car. One year we have been working on the preparation of the property and the accommodations. It has really been tough to reach the seventh heaven!
Our creative force is in the development of ideas, bringing the right people together, to stimulate and to create the proper basic provisions, like housing, materials and tools, tasteful meals, good music, inspiring excursions etc.
5 thing we cannot live without: our children, eachother, our family, friends, art...
Our favourite travel destinations: Italy, Spain, France, Portugal are our favourites until now; we still have many wishes: East Asia, South America, China (for a ceramic tour).
Books to many to mention: we have been reading all our lives and still do. Shows? we are not very fond on shows, unless you can consider Cirque du Soleil as show. Music: omnivores: 60's and 70's (Bob Dylan, Stones, Beatles etc. etc), jazz, classical musi (chamber music), Spanish folk and the pop based on this music( Tomatito, El Barrio and many others), fado (even Duitch fado!), worldmusic like Anour Brahem etc.etc.. We now are discovering Italian pop based on Italian folk (e.g. tarantapop, Eugenio Bennato), .
Food is very important to us; therefore we partially live in Italy! We love cooking good fresh food from the region, honestly prepared. We love long dinners with family and friends.
Please read the reviews to know how it is like to have us as a host.
Life motto? Enjoy life, try to forgive and do not put too much energy in regretting things you might have done wrongly, try to avoid stress.