We bought the house because we fell in love with it - at first on the internet but then when we came (on holiday) to view it. We love the location (in the heart of Italy and close enough to the main tourist trail), the local area (in our view a better alternative to the main tourist trail!), but most of all the peace, the mountain air and the view! When we bought it, it was just for us, but we've enjoyed sharing it with friends and, since 2006, guests (and more recently with our small children). You can read some of the guests' comments over in the Guestbook section and on Tripadvisor.
The house is simple, "rustic" (i.e. basic!) and we think that's part of its charm. It has two wood-burning stoves for heat. The wood comes from the surrounding woods and is supplied by Bruno, whose family are the permanent residents in the village. The other houses (10 or so) are all Italian-owned holiday homes. The village comes alive in summer (principally August), but is always peaceful and welcoming. There is a pizzeria within a few hundred (steep!) metres (open on Saturday and Sunday evenings).
Downstairs, there is the sitting room (sala) with four chairs (including two cosy armchairs) and the main woodburning stove and fireplace. This room can be the cosiest on winter nights, and the most airy in the summer with the window and wide door open onto the view of the mountain and the Monte Nero national park opposite.
From the sala a door leads to the bathroom. It's "retro" in style (i.e. old fashioned), in common with many other Italian properties of this age/type. There is no instant hot water in the house, but the bathroom contains a large water tank which can be heated by electricity or by a small firebox underneath, and will supply hot water to the bathroom tap and walk-in shower.
The kitchen is relatively large, and has a dining table to seat 4 comfortably (or more at a squeeze). It has a fridge with small freezer, large stone sink/drainer, gas cooker/oven and a wood-fired stove (for either additional heating or slow cooking). We try to keep the cupboards stocked with essentials and operate on the basis that you should feel at home, and feel free to use anything you find in the cupboards.
There is a wooden staircase leading upstairs to the first (and middle) floor. As the staircase is steep, open and turns, we don't recommend the house for toddlers or anyone with restricted mobility. It also needs care after a bottle of (plentiful) wine or the neighbours' limoncello.
The staircase opens into a room with a sofa (sofabed) which we use as a second sitting room. As the sofa converts into a bed, this can be curtained off and used as an occasional bed. Again, the window looks onto the mountainside opposite.
Through a doorway you'll find the main bedroom with a comfy double bed. All the rooms have shutters, but the wooden shutters in the upstairs rooms are particularly effective and we find we sleep better here than anywhere. It's hard to beat opening the shutters in the morning, especially on the days when there is a wispy mist rising up the valley.
Recently we converted the attic into a small additional room, with its own wooden staircase. This room has a very low ceiling, but is light and airy with a small window looking further up the hill, and a large Velux window (with blind). We have another sofabed up here and some rugs, or it can be used as a second (and more private (bedroom).