Updated: November 2017
In 2012, my wife, Allegra, and I decided to give up perfectly sensible jobs in Bristol, in the UK, to follow a dream… namely to move to Italy, renovate a farmhouse and spend our summers drinking wine and walking in the mountains, and our winters snowboarding. Sounds alright doesn’t it…
We both knew it wasn’t the most sensible of ideas, but when you want something enough you can overlook that. So, we did.
A few months later, with our little Schnauzer Otto in tow, we moved to Piemonte in North West Italy and bought said farmhouse in the rolling, vine-covered hills of the Langhe. It’s a relatively unknown area compared to places like Tuscany and Le Marche, but there is so much to see and explore. And the food and wine are simply incredible.
The house needed a lot of work, but after a year of struggling through planning, we were finally been able to get started on the renovations. A year or so later, after many a struggle, which you can read about on this here blog, we were able to move into our house and start welcoming guests to Villa Ribota, a five-bedroom private holiday home for up to 12 people, with its own swimming pool!
Five years later, and while things haven’t always gone entirely smoothly, we’re still here and everyone has been so welcoming towards us. I still can’t quite believe I get to live somewhere this beautiful. Otto has learnt to say “bau bau” instead of “woof woof” and my Italian is slowly coming along too. He also has a little sister now, Bee, who terrorises him non-stop! She’s amazing and has given us a new drive to get things done, to create an amazing home and life for her.
She’s three years old now and is a proper little Italian. She refuses to eat anything other than Pasta, Risotto or Gnocchi, drives her little car like a nutter and likes nothing better than diving on the floor and rolling around in agony when playing football!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy following our journey.
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