The history of the house that is now La Grande Quercia Bed & Breakfast stretches back to the mid 19th Century when it was the main farmhouse for all the surrounding land and consisted of animal stables & cantine on the ground floor and 2 upper rooms which were living accommodation.
The house has been painstakingly restored, maintaining wonderful stonework and original vaulted ceilings in the main kitchen of the proprietors. Farmland surrounds the property, where a variety of crops, including barley, sunflowers and coriander are grown. The house is surrounded by olive and fruit trees and we have a small vegetable garden, our own hens and our 2 dogs, Monti & Gemma, who were found as abandoned 5 week old puppies on the roadside.
Our aim was to maintain the original character of the house, recycling salvaged material, such as original bricks, stones, timber and tiles in the renovation of the main house and the external buildings. Being as environmentally friendly as possible was also important to us and with the help of solar powered water heating, low energy lighting, a wood pellet burner and a natural salt chlorination system for the pool, we like to consider ourselves as eco-friendly.