Assisi bed and breakfast, Italy
Description from the accommodation owner
Assisi bed and breakfast, Italy: the story of this holiday company
We, Letizia and Ruurd, have worked for many years as research entomologists. We have lived in several countries, including France, the Netherlands, Ruurds home country, and the United States. We traveled extensively before we realized that it was time to settle down to a family life. In 1997 we bought an abandoned farmhouse near Assisi in Umbria, we restored it, transformed it into a countryside accommodation and we replanted a 250 trees olive grove. We also have a few hectares of grains, woods, a vegetable- and a herb-garden.
Responsible tourism: Assisi bed and breakfast, Italy
Ever since we have started our agriturismo a decade ago we have committed ourselves to create an authentic experience of home hospitality for our guests as well as reducing our impact on nature.
We have conserved as much as possible of the original architecture and materials, like stone, wood and terra-cotta. We have installed beautiful double glazed windows, a low consumption heating system and natural-fibre acoustic insulation.
Since April 2012 the whole house runs on renewable energy except the cooking stove.
This has been our most important environmental friendly project. We now produce all the electricity we need with photovoltaic panels. Hot water and heating are provided by thermal panels and a wood furnace.
Theres more eco-friendly gestures we make on a daily basis to make sure our guests will feel like home.
All our linen, most bed covers and the top layers of mattresses are made of natural fibers, like cotton or wool.
Most of our furniture, rugs and doors are old. We have often salvaged them from being discarded and patiently restored them to new life. Beds are new and of good quality.
We use eco-friendly detergents for cleaning, we have eliminated mono-dose soaps from bathrooms and use recycled paper napkins and washable table sets.
Not only we recycle glass, paper, and plastic, but we have started a wormery to compost kitchen leftovers.
We dont use pesticides or chemical fertilizers in our garden and olive grove and encourage the development of native plants.
Our cooking classes focus on the use and cultural value of local foods and drinks.
We have invested seriously on preserving our little corner of Earth and have made a commitment to improve. We do realize however that despite all our efforts, becoming green is a journey. This is only a beginning.
Our agriturismo and cooking school has been published and reviewed in a number of website and international magazines and guidebooks. Often we have been complimented for the time and effort spent to inform our guests on how to make the best of their stay by offering local and authentic experiences.
We particularly sustain local craft makers - e.g. the pottery makers of Deruta and the textile makers of Perugia - and artisans by organizing workshop visits for our guests and informal food tours at no charge.
We believe that local family-run restaurants represent the best opportunity to savour the best of Italian cuisine. Therefore we invest time and effort to discover new places to advice to our guests.
We hire local people to help us in the farm and pay all their benefits according to the Italian law and treat them like family.