— How would you describe the property?
It’s very unusual because the layout is very long and narrow, so when you see it head on, it seems like a huge house, but from another angle, it’s very narrow. When I first saw the roof, it reminded me of a Shanghai tea house more than Tuscan construction.”
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— What was your inspiration to rent it out a room as a Bed and Breakfast?
With our kids all grown, we thought why not share it with people because we put a lot of effort and love into it.”
— How would you describe the style of the house?
On approaching the house, you come from the woods. In the middle of the woods on the clearing on the hill the views are beautiful. It was a challenge to make the gardens not look too planned, so now the woods become the gardens and the gardens become the house.”
— And the interior is more modern?
The furniture consists of pieces from the 40s, 50s and 60s as well as some contemporary ones from the end of the last century.”
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— What facilities and services do you offer as part of the B&B?
For breakfast we serve all local, organic produce including our own eggs. We have a local place where we do all our shopping. It offers local produce from local farmers. Nothing comes from farmers further than 25 kilometres.
For dinner, guests go to the nearby restaurants. There are great places to eat around here, everything from typical Tuscan to gourmet Tuscan. There are a lot of slow food places, where people really cook with passion and care what they use as ingredients.”
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— What is so special about the house to you?
It’s very close to all the facilities. We’re an eight minute drive from the train station and 10 minutes from the motorway, and five minutes from a big supermarket. But it feels really secluded. There’s no traffic. We have neighbours nearby, so it’s not totally isolated, but it’s private. But then if you need some retail therapy, we’re only 10 minutes from the Prada outlet.”