We are an English / Italian couple who met while paragliding and discovered a mutual passion for adventure and sustainable travel. After many interesting encounters around the world interacting with the ‘real’ locals, being invited into their homes and lives and being shown hidden gems off the beaten track, we decided to find a little piece of paradise in Italy and open our home to offer guests a unique and authentic experience in the best possible accommodation at an affordable price. We love the Umbrian way of life and all the activities its countryside has to offer and it gives us great pleasure to help our guests enjoy the very best stay in our stunning surroundings.
We do everything possible to minimise the environmental impact of La Cuccagna and observe sustainable practices wherever possible. We work with small local businesses and tradesmen, carefully selected local materials, natural based products rather than chemicals and natural pigments from the local area. Original materials from the house have all been re-used in the restoration project and around our grounds. The property has an under-floor heating and hot water system that is run by solar power in the summer and from our fireplace in the winter months.
Our suppliers are carefully selected for the quality of their produce but also for their impact on the environment and local community. Most of our fittings, fixtures and furniture are locally sourced from the surrounding area. Our beds are made by the local iron monger and much of our tableware and ceramics are from various local potters and artists. Where we have to go further afield from our local shops and markets we use Umbrian suppliers to ensure our business stays within the regional economy.
When catering we use home grown produce whenever possible (we grow herbs, fruit and vegetables and we make all our own passata, wine, limoncello, olive oil, chestnut products and plenty more) and as a registered organic farm all our produce is free range and organic.
We look forward to welcoming you to our home and hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Sarah & Salvatore