Moving to Umbria

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

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

The First Guests

1990 – Casa Rosa welcomes the first guests.


The Art of Casa Rosa

The Art of Casa Rosa

1990s – The art and painted furniture of Jennifer Holmes decorates the apartments of Casa Rosa. Jennifer was inspired throughout her life by the countryside and wildlife of Umbria – view her artwork here.


Becoming a Haven for Wildlife

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

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.


Formal Garden

Formal Garden

1999 – Robert Bryant, a famous garden and landscape designer, designs a formal garden at Casa Rosa.


A Pool at Casa Rosa

A Pool at Casa Rosa

2000 – A spectacular pool is constructed, to be shared by the apartments.


The Pigeon Tower

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

Casa Rosa Today

2014 – Ella Grima and Alessandro Piccioni marry and move into Casa Rosa to help manage the business.

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