Moving to Umbria
1970s – Jennifer Holmes and Godfrey Grima to escape the city and set up a self-sufficient farm in Italy.
The Making of Casa Rosa
1989 – The family move to Casa Rosa, an old stone farm house above Assisi. Initially run as a farm, the family live in it in a traditional way, occupying the top of the house while the horses live below. They live an outdoors lifestyle, horse riding, swimming in the
The First Guests
1990 – Casa Rosa welcomes the first guests.
The Art of Casa Rosa
1990s – The art and painted furniture of Jennifer Gay Holmes decorates the apartments of Casa Rosa. Jennifer was inspired throughout her life by the countryside and wildlife of Umbria – view her artwork here.
Building the Yurts
1994 – The first of two Casa Rosa yurts were built. Both yurts were designed by Bill Coperthwaite, who pioneered yurt building in the United States, and both were built collaboratively with Bill instructing groups on the construction process.
Becoming a Haven for Wildlife
1995 – The National Park of Mount Subasio is established, with Casa Rosa sitting within its boundaries. The protected area means that wildlife flourishes, with martens, porcupine and wild boar hiding in the woods, and a wealth of bird life, including buzzards, goldfinches and hoopoes, flitting through the skies.
Earthquake and Restoration
1997 – An earthquake in Assisi leads to damage throughout the town and surrounding countryside, including to the Basilica of St. Francis and some of the buildings at Casa Rosa. The Basilica took two years to restore and it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.
1999 – Robert Bryant, a famous garden and landscape designer, designs a formal garden at Casa Rosa.
A Pool at Casa Rosa
2000 – A spectacular pool is constructed, to be shared by the apartments.
The Pigeon Tower
2013 – Two new apartments are constructed at Casa Rosa – Perugino and Piero della Francesca. The design by architect Godfrey Grima is based on a traditional Piccionaia or Pigeon Tower.
Casa Rosa Today
2014 – Ella Grima and Alessandro Piccioni marry and move into Casa Rosa to help manage the business.
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