Derbyshire-based Chris and Judith Thorp bought and restored a large 19th-century farmhouse in the hills of southern Le Marche, about twenty miles from the sea.
“Judith and I had each been to Italy as children,” Chris explains, “and when we had our twin daughters, we took them on holidays to Italy too. Gradually we just fell more and more in love with the country. We’d always dreamt of buying a property somewhere in the sunshine. France called for a while, but despite having little knowledge of the language, we just kept coming back to Italy time and time again. In 2000, we took a holiday in Umbria, and had our first peek at Le Marche. When we saw how it had landscapes like Tuscany, but felt very much off the beaten track, we were hooked.
So it was that they eventually discovered Le Marche, and more importantly a sadly neglected 19th Century farmhouse that was crying out for love and attention. It was not long before they took possession and then set about their plans for bringing it back to life through a sensitive restoration and conversion project. The house had been vacant for 50 years and was becoming ruinous, but the work went as smoothly as possible and before long they had brought the house back to a new life so that it could be enjoyed both by them and their guests alike.
It is a real joy for them to sit in their pretty garden with a glass of the local red wine in hand and gaze over the fields and wooded hillsides whilst listening to the birds or watching distant sheep as the sun sets gently in the evening sky. They love to share Casa Tranquilla with others and hope that it brings everyone as much pleasure as it does to them. The area has so much to offer in its landscape, climate, culture, traditions, attractions and culinary delights what we call the ‘real’ Italy, untainted by mass tourism.
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