Before moving to Italy, we lived in Amsterdam. Jeroen worked at his own successful company in recruitment outsourcing and Marleen had a 20-year international career in the financial services industry.
Driven by the feeling that there should be more to discover in life than TL lights and trying new restaurants and that internet-enabled working from everywhere, we decided to emigrate and start our own holiday accommodation combined with some online activities.
Three years after opening the doors of our accommodation, a series of strong earthquakes destroyed our home, which led to the next life change. We moved into one of our own holiday apartments while waiting many years for reconstruction. Jeroen started his furniture workshop in Italy, and Marleen obtained a bachelor’s degree in interior architecture and design at Hertfordshire University. We also became a partner in Paul Meccanico, a local company in handmade bags and fashion accessories, which has a store in neighbouring village Sarnano.
Of many trades
With the reopening of our completely renovated agriturismo in 2022 we are now of many trades.
Besides running our small-scale holiday accommodation, we grow Paulownia trees for our own wood production and olive trees, we design and make furniture and design entire interior spaces, make websites, and are partners in Paul Meccanico.