Liguria self catering house in Italy

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Environment

The house has been constructed, where possible, using environmentally responsible materials: we have used lime mortars, renders and hydraulic lime, low fired clay blocks, and natural cork external wall insulation. The internal walls are lime plastered. We have sourced timber from the local saw mill, and used environmentally friendly wood treatment. Slate for the floors was sourced from the next valley. The house is furnished as much as possible using second hand furniture or re-cycled or up cycled materials, for instance we made the kitchen from old dressers. As we are in a protected landscape, the external colours used are those of the locale. We built the house ourselves using local skills and tradesmen where appropriate.

In terms of energy use, the house is off-grid, using water from the mountain springs. Our intention is that the house is simple, and allows a breathing space with nature, so we run it with minimal electrical demand. A small 12v solar power system provides lighting, a solar powered fridge and phone charge point. We don't have tv, dvd,etc. For cooler spring and autumn evenings, heating is via a wood burner. There is also a wood fired outside oven for cooking. Wood for both the stove and oven is sourced and cut from our land (about 1.5 acres of woodland much of which has been coppiced for wood for decades). Bottled gas does power a hob in the kitchen and the hot water, although we intend to install a solar hot water system when resources allow.

Community

We bought the land outside the village around 10 years ago, and have gradually built the house, finally finishing in 2013. In that time we have also made strong connections in the village. The local village is close knit and welcoming, and we make an effort to support both the local shops and services and community initiatives, making good friends in the process. The village, which supports the slow food movement has several (excellent) local food producers, from local wildboar sausages from the butchers, to homemade regional pastries, cheeses and hams at the delicatessen, to homemade icecream at the gelateria. We encourage visitors staying in the house to buy locally by providing information about the shops and producers. When we visit, we have participated in the summer Tuesday evening weeding of the village community garden 'Of the old cypresses'.

As a sculptor, I have hosted a free portrait sculpture workshop for the village, as part of the village arts festival, and in 2013 created a portrait head of one of the village 'elders' who had recently died, which I donated to the community. We have also both shown work in the arts festival, and brought guest artists from the UK to show, to try to help support and encourage the burgeoning festival. There is a thriving music festival each summer, and we try to keep guests up to date with music and art events in the village.

Reviews of Liguria self catering house in Italy

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The house and locality were stunning.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you're looking for a simple holiday, surrounded by peace, tranquility, fantastic local people, scrumptious local food and a beautiful setting, this is the place for you. There are many gentle walks, villages and towns to visit, the beach, as well as a beautiful wild swimming opportunity nearby. The kids (age 3 and 5), parents and grandparents all enjoyed themselves immensely in different ways.
The owners of the house were very helpful and there was local support when we arrived, which made things smooth.
If you are worried about driving on twisty mountain roads or walking up a slightly challenging footpath to the house, take a deep
breath before booking.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, the house itself does that, with its solar system and the beautiful local materials of its construction. Shopping and eating locally
supports the local economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic, feel like a recharged solar panel!

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Most manificient views from an amazing house .Breathtaking .

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Travel light, as only needed shorts and t shirts & good footwear .

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes we shop in local area. As well eating out in lovely restaurants.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Holiday was amazing highly recommend beyond any exceptions.

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