A Gracious Lunch


When we first moved to Italy, we rented from John and Richard.  We lived on the upper floor of their very old Tuscan farm house.  The lower floor was cleaned up but was still configured as stalls, animal pens, places to store farm equipment.  We moved out.  They returned.  They had a lot of work done on the lower level. 

Since Annalisa had visited us when we lived there, they wanted to have her over to see all the changes.

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Ben (seated) and Annalisa enjoying a pre-lunch appertivo out side with John and Elizabetta.  Behind Annalisa is the old forno or oven that has been left untouched. 

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Richard closes it in for the winter and uses the space to shelter his lemons and geraniums. 

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Bulb beds that I planted there still look good.

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Elizabetta is a bit more feisty than she used to be, but still enjoying life. 

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The kitchen is now on the ground floor in the large room which was near the front outside staircase.  Richard had set the great farm house table for lunch.

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The kitchen is a nice mix of sleek polished surfaces like the fridge and rough, natural finishes seen in the cabinets that Richard built from reclaimed wood that was originally part of the house.  It is a very comfortable and stylish space. 

We had a grand lunch.  I know that Annalisa enjoyed seeing the all the work that they had done and how well it turned out.  Thanks John and Richard for having us over.





  1. Michael

    If they redid the lower level and moved the kitchen there, what did they do upstairs? Was the old kitchen converted to another bedroom? Or is the upstairs perhaps an apartment now and they live mostly downstairs?? And what is the condition of the guest house?

  2. Ohhh, inquiring minds want to know. Yes, they spend most of their time downstairs now. Part of the old kitchen was given over to making the interior staircase to connect the two levels. So now it is a smaller room (still not that small) for coats and seating. The rest of upstairs is the same layout. The guest house has the appliances from the old kitchen and is a fully functioning self contained apartment. The wing (limonaia) is now a bedroom/studio with a full bath. So now there are 6 full bathes, 5 bedrooms, 2 kitchens and 3 living areas. And I think for the right price they would sell. Interested?????

  3. Michael

    I would need multiple investors! Would be fun to rent the guest house again, but I don’t think that is going to happen…

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