Relais “Borgo Gentile”
In the hills of Sabina a few kilometres from Rome, Relais Borgo Gentile was created respecting its natural surroundings.
A new structure built according to modern architectural criteria, preserving territory, using recycled materials and perfectly integrated into the landscape.
The owner is a Dietitian who decided, after many years spent working in hospitals, schools, nursing homes and company canteens, to implement a project that is very dear to her.
Create an elegant and simple place, away from the city but distant less than an hour from Rome, a refined venue with large outdoor spaces, but with a small receptive capacity. A place where everyone, allergic or not, could relax without worrying about being contaminated or not being understood. The Dietitian begins her research for this magical place. After years of visits with several real estate agents who were offering the most absurd and unattainable places, she decided to build “Borgo Gentile” starting from the foundations, on a beautiful piece of land in Sabina known for its wonderful extra virgin olive oil.
In a sunny autumn day of 2008, the first stone was placed of what now has become a real farm which produces extra virgin olive oil, hazelnuts, walnuts, vegetables and wine.
New olive and fruit trees were planted. A large vegetable garden was created where little snails sail silently because no chemical product harms them. We share our harvest with them, it is more than plenty for us and our guests who can eat a genuine product, only earth and sun!
Here begins a long and exciting adventure
Those of you who have at least once in your life renovated an apartment will understand what it means to build a house and an annex starting from its foundations. Every material, from the recycled bricks of the external part to the most modern technology set up was chosen by the owners. Every little part of the country house required trips, studies, comparisons and more trips, trials, suggestions because everything that was created, was done with the knowledge that the guest who would come, will become our good friend. Therefore, the choice of the building materials was also made in virtue of healthcare, avoiding products that given recent scientific studies could harm our organism.
Chestnut wooden windows, double walls for acoustic and thermal isolation, water based interior painting, the latest air conditioning systems, terracotta pottery of the nearby Civita Castellana, wooden furniture of the well- known Italian brand (Piombini), crystal chandeliers from Venice (La Murrina), sheets, towels all made in Italy.
All this work was possible thanks to the good local people. From the good surveyor who designed the country house and who followed through our requests for changes, to the expert builder of stone country homes who day after day had the patience to listen to our different ideas, to all the artisans: painters, electricians, plumber, gardeners and workmen. Everyone contributed and it was beautiful to see them enthusiastic when it was all finally complete. A big thank you to the young architect who encouraged and helped us with professionalism. A thank you to the town council of Tarano who allowed us to create this great little farm.
Who is the Dietitian?
According to current laws (professional profile DM. 744 of 1994) the Dietitian is the healthcare worker who is qualified with an enabling university diploma for all those activities aimed at the correct approach to food and nutrition, including educational aspects and collaboration for the implementation of food policies according to the law.
The European Federation of the Association of Dietitians (EFAD) has defined a Dietitian as: “a person with a qualification in Nutrition and Dietetics recognized by national authorities, who applies the science of nutrition to the feeding and education of groups of people and individuals in health and disease.”