Sunday, August 13, 2006

We’ve Arrived!

This Blog is about our relocation to the Langhe region of Piemonte in northern Italy. I hope it will be an opportunity to capture our experiences, our highs and lows, the places we visit, the food & wine we sample and the people we meet.

We first visited the Langhe in May 2005 and after several visits over the following months we found a house in September of the same year. We finally purchased the house in January 2006 and just over a week ago we said farewell to our friends and family in the UK and myself, my husband Andy and our two cats, Cleo & Myrtle, moved out to begin our new life. Unfortunately it’s not quite that simple as the house we’ve bought is not currently habitable and is unlikely to be for sometime (due to lack of water, gas, electricity, drainage etc) so we are currently staying in a Cascina near Cossano Belbo before moving to a piccolo rustico (small stone house) just outside Cortemilia where we will hopefully remain until we can move into our new house ‘Il Papavero’.

Our new home is situated in the Levice Commune with fantastic views across the Bormida valley and only a short drive from Cortemilia. As you can see from the photo it needs quite a bit of work and some tlc but we hope to transform the first floor into our home and the ground floor into two holiday apartments that we will rent out. We were thrilled yesterday to receive the news that our plans had been approved by the Commune so it is now a matter of finalising details with a builder before work can commence.


Blogger Kelly said...

Good Luck Joanne and Andy!
with love Matthew and Kelly xx

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