This exciting venture has been the fulfilment of a long-held dream for us both. As parents of five daughters, Rob (an international Brand Management consultant) and Betty (a recently retired food technology teacher) we have for some time planned to combine our love of travel, food, culture, property refurbishment and traditional architecture into a family home and holiday accommodation.
Although of New Zealand descent, Rob was born and brought up in Italy so is fluently bilingual and, having worked professionally in Italy as well as in the UK and internationally, has a unique perspective on Italians and their culture. By contrast, Betty is London born and bred, but her life-long passion for teaching the joys and disciplines of every-day cooking has fuelled the passion we both share for the simple Italian cuisine even when compared with the often far more exotic and complex international culinary delights we have experienced together.
Our hope is to share our enthusiasm for and knowledge of all things Italian, from their language to the local area, traditions, culture, foods and wines to make a stay at Casa sul Monte not only a comfortable and relaxing break at any time of the year but provide a deeper and richer insight into rural life in central Umbria.