John, a photographer and graphic designer, and Kirsty, a writer and editor, are the owners of the property; we live here with our son Alessio, aged twelve, who goes to the local school and is enjoying growing up bilingual. We moved to Le Marche from London in 1998 and have lived in this house since early 2004, after spending two years restoring it. We are always on hand to help guests with any queries, and Alessio is always glad of an extra playmate. Other members of the household include our dog Maxim; our cats Herbie, Orsetta, Joe and Peanut; and our changing stock of ducks and hens who keep us (and guests!) supplied with eggs. We also have a pony, Cassie, whom young guests are welcome to help look after.