History of the Farmhouse
The holiday house dates back to the nineteenth century, in fact, it already appears in a photo from the end of that century.
The architecture of the house is typical of the farmhouses; the kitchen and the stable were located on the ground floor while on the first floor there were the bedrooms, which would heat up naturally thanks to the body warmth produced by the animals kept in the stable in the floor below.
The material used for the construction of the house is the river pebble, typical of the areas adjacent to the river. These kinds of stones were commonly used to build walls dividing orchards and to construct land terracing. Due to the use of these particular stones, the areas next to the river were named ‘Sassonia’ (stone land).
After having been a farmhouse with agricultural land for more than a few decades, in the 1930s, the house and terrain became a plant nursery consisting in an intricate garden of camellias, rhododendron, azaleas and other rare species until the end of the 1980s.
During the Second World War, the house and wall niches in the garden were used to temporarily hide people wanted by German soldiers and fascists. This information came to us by the tenant of the house at the time who witnessed first hand these events and by a survivor from the round-ups of the Nazis and fascists’ soldiers, who himself hid in the garden wall.
Another interesting fact about the house is the old painting on the exterior wall of the house, which is an ex-voto for a received blessing, of which, however, we do not know the specific miracle.
The holiday house today is the result of the full renovation of the original farmhouse, which tried to keep intact the rustic atmosphere and the structure of the house.