Medieval Stone Farmhouse at the foot of the Alps, Italy.

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Via Foppa, 5-7, 24030 Almenno San Bartolomeo, BG, Italy

Hi folks!
We are a bilingual Australian-Italian family, two adults and two kids and a cat (who can’t travel with us outside Europe or short-term). We love travelling, but can’t as much as we would like. We believe in world life experience.

This northern winter (2017-18) we are looking for somewhere to stay in the LOS ANGELES area ( a week) and the South-Western States, as well as HAWAII Big Island (plus if anyone can, 2 nights in Oahu!). We will have a car. We are looking primarily to HOUSESWAP, or HOUSE/PETSIT. We have experience house/petsitting in a number of countries. We are clean and respectful, and appreciate being owners and treat everywhere as we expect our place to be treated.

We live in a 3-storey medieval stone ex-farmhouse (c. 1000AD) with fantastic views.
Totals around 125m2. House has two dwellings: the main one over two floors has 2 bedrooms (sleeps >5) and a bathroom upstairs, and downstairs an open-plan kitchen/diningroom/livingroom with a fireplace, a livingroom/tv room with a bed, and a toilet. There is also a vaulted laundry/storage room. The second dwelling is a self-contained studio with its own entrance, kitchen, bathroom, and double bed; we rent this out on airbnb (we are 5* Superhosts). For photos of the flat downstairs and the area, see link below-

Walking trails start at the door. We have a garden and some land (c. 1600m2) that you can use. Half of the land is an orchard with 4 types of apples, walnuts, chestnuts, persimmons, peaches, blackcurrants, planted and wild blackberries. You can pick fruit, berries, nuts and mushrooms in season. We usually have a veggie patch that produces May-September. Walking trails ascending/descending mountain to top (c. 1 hr by foot)/town (c.40mins by foot).

The house is in an historic medieval mountain borgo (hamlet) with typical architecture and some feature details such as arches, stone walls, frescoes, cisterns (private), and hillside terracing. Views over the whole Po Valley to the Ligurian Alps and the Appenines. Our borgo (hamlet) is surrounded by forest, but only a few kilometres to our town (with all facilities), Bergamo, and Orio airport. Our local town (with Celtic, Roman and medieval traces) is famous for Romanic art and architecture. Near Milan (55kms), Lake Como (25kms), and ski lifts (from 35kms, Foppolo International Ski Resort 50km). We are on and surrounded by Cyclists’ & Motorcyclists’ dream roads. Local activities include Hiking, Paragliding/Hang-gliding/Gliding, stargazing, animal watching, nut & mushroom gathering, skiing/snowboarding/sledding, there is also a tree ziplining centre in the next town. Skiing is cheap: day passes from €19 (cheaper hourly or half-day)/daily skihire €10. Of course, if you want to relax, enjoy the countryside, eat local food and drink local wine, this is the right area. There are a number of restaurants nearby (starting at 400m away) with typical Lombard cuisine (including set-menu weekday working lunches from €10) as well as local wine producers. Every season here has its charms.

You should have your own vehicle; we are very awkward to reach by public transport. We can possibly organise the use of a runabout 3-door car for a houseswap. There are numerous local carhire agencies. Parking is on the road (no cars inside the borgo).

This place is set in a peaceful ambience, in the country, surrounded by forrest and being on the first mountain of the Alps, it has all the advantages of the mountains, without the inconveniences of distance. Quiet, but not far from the town (you can even walk) & everything necessary, Bergamo city, the airport, the lake, etc. There are families with children and you will probably hear them outside school hours. We have 3 bicycles, 1 adult and two children.

A car or motorbike is necessary beyond hiking/walking, as public transport is scarce. By car with no traffic: 20″ Città Alta- Bergamo, 25″ Orio Airport (Ryanair’s Sthn European hub), 30″ to the start of Lario (Lake Como), 45″ Linate Airport, 50″ Milan (or 1 by train), 50″ international skifields. There are many unknown gems (architecture, nature, art, entertainment) nearby. By foot: “Jewels of The Romanic” several medieval churches with frescoes 30-45″. Albenza Golf Course (international golf club members can play a round) is at our foot, starting about a 30″ walk away. Stargazing from straight outside your door. Paragliding/Hangliding (tandem) on our mountain is possible. You can go in a glider from our local aerodrome (c.€80). Cyclists’/mortorcyclists’ dream roads.

DISCLAIMERS: If you are looking for a huge perfect new-world all-comfort house and suffer from first-world problems, then this is probably not the place for you. We have no microwave, dishwasher or clothes dryer (but we have an oven, washing machine and clothes-racks); we have no pool, spa-bath, trampolines, videogame consoles, and only 1 (!) tv; our wifi is not always superfast (but it works well enough most of the time); we do have neighbours with kids, and there are insects (would it be the country without?).

Country Italy
State/Province Lombardia
distance: 1,183 Kilometers
Address Via Foppa, 5-7, 24030 Almenno San Bartolomeo, BG, Italy