Our Italian journey

Our Italian journey started when John took me to the Italian lake district. I loved it! The Italians understand the essence of life; enjoying it.

John had come here for holidays for over 40 years, he feels rooted here. Families sitting together at the lake sharing a meal and snoozing in the shade, la vita è bella.

On our holidays John and I discussed moving to Italy. We wanted to change our hectic lives and do something else. Our Italian journey was born.

John worked as senior manager in hospitals (radiotherapy, radiology and nuclear medicine). I had my own freelance (IT management) company.

Maybe hospitality? Italy felt like the right place to do that and we dreamed of starting a glamping or a bed & breakfast.

For over three years we looked for a house in Italy that would be perfect for our guests and ourselves. A private place in the hills with great views. Close enough to towns, bars and restaurants.

A house with plenty of space for guests and a part that could be converted into accommodation for us. All within driving distance of airports, major cities and the sea.

We named it Cascina GianTino and we hope it will be your home away from home.

Our motto
Say yes to new adventures!

Timeline of our Italian journey

2008 – 2016

Enjoying la dolce vita, dreaming of a bed & breakfast or glamping some day.

2008 – 2016

2017 – 2019

Visiting various Italian regions throughout the seasons to search for the right property.

2017 – 2019

apr 2019 – dec 2019

Selling everything in The Netherlands. Renting in Piemonte before buying a restoration project.

apr 2019 – dec 2019

dec 2019 – jun 2022

Working out the best ideas for house and garden and managing the restoration.

dec 2019 – jun 2022

july 2022 and beyond

Our Italian journey enters a new phase. We start inviting guests to live la dolce vita!

july 2022 and beyond

More about our Italian journey?









“From the panoramic location of the fab house, to the spacious, well designed rooms, to the friendly, easygoing hospitality including a welcome drink & delish breakfasts, it was perfect! Great location in wine country, near wonderful restaurants & small historic villages, and the hosts are happy to help you with recommendations. Small place with other nice guests that appreciate the low-key boutique environment.”


Miami Beach

“The small cascina has been tastefully renovated and furnished. We felt very much at home. The warmth of the two hosts from hello to goodbye cannot be described, you have to experience it! We will be happy to come back.”



“The guesthouse was easy to reach by car. The room was very comfortable, the general feeling welcoming and the pool was great. The view from the pool is precious. We had a barbecue evening with the hosts as well as the other guests, giving us a nice feel of community. There are also multiple restaurants as well as multiple wineries in the surrounding area. The included breakfast was good as well.”



“Great location, super view, very friendly and helpful owners. Beautiful large tastefully decorated suite with a very comfortable bed and a nice bathroom. Close to good restaurants and good parking. In short everything was perfect!”


The Netherlands

“Stunning location with a view of the hills. John and Martijn are attentive and ready to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Clean room, large, well furnished and equipped with all comforts. Excellent mattress, spacious bathroom, dream shower. Good and plentiful breakfast, both salty and sweet. Beautiful swimming pool. Excellent wines and restaurants nearby. To be recommended and returned.”