Italy! in the beautiful hills of Oltrepo Pavese , South of Milan !
Oltrepo Pavese is relatively tourist free , I call it real Italy , my husband and I have a old 150 year old Cascina, which means old farmhouse , we share our home with 2 dogs, several cats , and local wildlife, deer, rabbits, sometimes we also see wild boar.
Note ;- WE ARE NOT A WORKING FARM OR A VINEYARD , it is a family home !
I am British , my husband is Italian, we have three children, now not so much children anymore !
Oltrepo Pavese is the largest wine area in Italy , and, second globally to California, if you do not like wine then we suggest you do not visit us. The vineyards and hills are south facing , many refer to this area as the jewel of the crown, in some ways it is similar to Tuscany , however, without the tourists. That is what we love !
Our life is our home, our family, wine cellar, food and local culture play a large part of our daily life, in the Spring and Summer we dine most evening under our Cascina al fresco Vita Bella .
Nearby, we have everything from the border of Liguria with the coastal regions of the famous 5 cities , Genova, Milan, Tornio, and many beautiful unknown local villages ready to explore . Venice is reachable by train and an overnight stay it is possible !
Our home is large, always plenty to do , we have a swimming pool used in the summer months , bikes, and a very outdoor life in the spring and summer .
Weekends usually are spent off in the hills , with a bottle of wine , bread, cheese , exploring local vineyards, new wines waiting to be tasted or off to the sea or just relaxing in the garden and pool .
It is important that you have experience with dogs and cats and enjoy experiencing different cultures.
I always have a video call before committing to anything.
I always try to reply to messages, please don't be disappointed if it doesn't work out, I get many generic emails which I never usually answer , as its important that people coming to our home read our profile.
No smoking, don't ask , and , you must be fully vaccinated in line with the Green, Super Green Pass, or relevant country equivalent, we do not accept No Vaccinated guests.
Please do try to communicate in English and we look forward to hearing from you soon !
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
All visitors will be treated like friends, this is real Italy with a focus on local culture , food and wines, you will be part of our lives, enjoying and learning perhaps the many other sides of mainstream Italy .
My husband is a gentleman with a expert knowledge of Italian history and wines - perhaps improve your Italian if you wish .
You will meet many locals who are all our friends .
We have a large ish garden - mowing the lawn , hedges , lawn mower , painting, plastering small areas , renovation works .
Family home , must like dogs, cats and have experiences with these .
This host offers a language exchange
I am English, I do Not require any help with English , my husband and I are happy to help with teaching some Italian and Italian culture. If you speak Italian that s great (but not at all necessary), Please Note We are unable to host any workaways that are looking for a long term commitment with a family whilst processing a Italian Citizenship .
Bed Breakfast all meals , we do not cater for Vegans.
Wifi and sat TV .
Breakfast tea,coffee and continental style , no cooked breakfasts, normally in the week we have a light lunch , evening meals will mainly consist of local produce , pasta, vegetables, we have a relatively healthy diet, of course with wines .
You will help out with loading the dishwasher, getting stuck in .
It is important you like Dogs/Cats.
No smoking in any part of our home, we can cater for vegetarians, however, we can not cater for Vegan .
All guests must be vaccinated against Covid .
During your free time, we recommend you explore the local area, we can take you to the nearby train station , only 40 minutes to Milano , bike rides in the hills, local markets and cultural events all throughout the year.
Milan is nearby, so much to see, the beautiful areas of Liguria, Piemonte , Venice ,Switzerland are all nearby .
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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