Italy San Giovanni

Vegan Country House Casa Payer

Incredible Place

Follow the simplicity of the season's rhythm

Inspiring People

Run in the spirit of veganism.

Impactful Planet

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Incredible Place

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Follow the simplicity of the season's rhythm

On Saturdays, experiment with baking with sourdough, kneading in our company, and for dinner, book a pizza with our seasonal vegan toppings. In the evening, sitting on the steps around the lit oven, you’ll relish the experience of baking while looking forward to the pizza.

We cook the bread and pizzas in our large wood-burning oven, using logs obtained during the winter clearing. The sourdough that we use has diverse, antique origins, in particular, Sardinian and Andalusian. Sourdough is alive and complex. It’s slow and untamed yet socializing. Bread made from sourdough lasts for several days, so little is wasted. And it is easy to digest, as the gluten it contains is “digested” by the enzymes.

Niksen – The ’Not doing’, A powerful rejuvenating therapy

It’s doing without expectations. It’s getting beyond your comfort zone and breaking the habit of being yourself, changing your point of observation. Idleness and contemplation play an integral role. They are the essence of creativity and change, and along with restful sleep, they rejuvenate, they heal, they “illuminate”.

“Not doing” can illicit sensations of unexplained joy, embarrassing moments of serenity, wonder, inspiration, and light-headedness. Idleness does not create addiction and it’s free. However…it’s important to come to it without expectation. One essential ingredient of the therapy is walking barefoot. Grounding and re-establishing contact with the Earth and the self is freeing, sensual, and brings inner confidence: on the grass coated in morning dew, on stone, along a soft wooded path, in the cool water of the brook, on autumn leaves…but watch out for the prickly burrs of fallen chestnuts!

Relax & Play
  • Sun Terrace
Eat & Drink
  • Breakfast & Brunch
  • Dinner
Shop & Services
  • Games
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Service
  • Library
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Parking - Free
  • Pool - Heated
  • Public Transport Nearby
  • Shuttle Service - Airport - Paid
  • Shuttle Service - Paid
  • Toiletries
  • Towels - Bath

Philosophy

Casa Payer is a suggestive stone farmhouse which has been renovated following green building standards and is run in the spirit of veganism. It is our personal life project, one that we share with our guests, offering them ecologically sustainable holidays and homemade plant-based cooking, in a pleasing corner of the Valpellice valley, surrounded by woods and the wildness of nature. Experiencing the woods is a journey into the wilderness. It is a place where you can reconnect with nature and unburden from the stresses of daily life, following the simplicity of the rhythm of the seasons and finding time for yourself once more. To reach us, either by car or on foot, you need to take the rough track that runs through the woods from the village of Colletto for 1 km. It is a very pleasant walk.

History

Casa Payer came about after our return from two years spent in India, where I (Luca) and Paola met. As we are both vegetarians, we felt the need to live surrounded by nature and to follow a rural lifestyle. We wanted a kitchen garden, to make our own bread and to chop the wood used to bake it and to keep us warm. We envisaged a house nestled in the woods that we could bring back to life with our own hands.

Mission & Vision

Casa Payer came about after our return from two years spent in India, where I (Luca) and Paola met. As we are both vegetarians, we felt the need to live surrounded by nature and to follow a rural lifestyle. We wanted a kitchen garden, to make our own bread and to chop the wood used to bake it and to keep us warm. We envisaged a house nestled in the woods that we could bring back to life with our own hands. And so, the idea to host guests was born – a journey in reverse – from wandering Asia in search of hospitality, we would now ourselves be welcoming travellers.

That our household should be vegan was non-negotiable. There was no place in our world view for the dietary habits that we had previously abandoned.

After an extensive search, we finally identified a location we liked immensely: a large stone farmhouse, long overgrown by the thick woods that surrounded it. Electricity had never found its way there, nor had potable water, and no clumsy attempts at renovation had ever been made. It was exactly as it had been in the 1700s: stone, earth, wood, limestone. Our hearts opened; we were bewitched. The house was inhabited by just one man, Ottavio. He lived there with a wild sow he had rescued as a piglet from a hunt and raised…it was a sign: we knew we had to bring this setting back to life.

Inspiring People

Good for Couples Good for Unplugging Escape / Off-Grid Growth / Encounters

Run in the spirit of veganism.

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Luca e Paola

Altered Host Member

Host since ...

2006

We speak ...

English, Italian

We have lived in...

China, India

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Casa Payer was built using stone, wood and natural lime. It is heated with wood from the forest and solar panels. We collect rainwater for the garden. We only use electricity from renewable sources. The personal and cleaning products are ecological and vegan. Support our sustainable tourism project while treating yourself to a light holiday!

Impactful Planet

Animals & Wildlife Environment & Climate Food & Drink

Vibrating with ancestral energy of the stone and harmony of the wood

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Food is at the foundation of our lifestyle choices. Every day we offer healthy, fresh and tasty homemade plant based food made from seasonal recipes. We take great care in selecting the ingredients and in their preparation: each is carefully sourced from local suppliers and producers.

Some of the fruit, vegetables and herbs we use grow in our own kitchen garden or close to the houseCasa Payer is made of Woods: the trees, the stone and the clay soil of the surrounding land. We renovated it honouring the original building techniques, observing green-building criteria and with the desire to inhabit this ancient place that vibrates with the ancestral energy of the stone and the harmony of the wood.

Chestnut trees make up the beams while the walls and the roof are of stone. The natural limestone plaster regulates humidity levels and allows the rooms to breathe. Water used for washing and the wall heating system is heated by the warmth of the sun and using firewood originating from the woods.

Wood fibre board insulates the roof, floors and ceilings. Paints are composed of mineral pigments, oils and plant resins. Rainwater is harvested from the large roof to water the garden and vegetable garden. In this way we stay connected to nature and are easy on the environment. Small creatures from the woods find refuge in the nooks and crannies of the house and walls.

Learn & Do
  • Active & Outdoors
  • Breakfast
  • Food & Drink
  • Hiking
  • Walking Tours
See & Visit
  • Cycling Tours
  • Food & Drink
  • Historic & Religious Sites
  • Museums & Galleries
  • Natural Landmarks
  • Nature & Wildlife Reserves
  • Parks & Gardens
  • Trekking Tours
  • Walking Tours
Give & Help
  • Animals & Wildlife
  • Environment & Climate
  • Food & Drink

Our Location

Surrounded by woods and the wildness of nature

Address

Località Payer, 1, 10062 Luserna San Giovanni TO, Italy

Local Area
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  • Breakfast
  • Food & Drink
  • Hiking
  • Walking Tours
Local Attractions
  • Cycling Tours
  • Food & Drink
  • Historic & Religious Sites
  • Museums & Galleries
  • Natural Landmarks
  • Nature & Wildlife Reserves
  • Parks & Gardens
  • Trekking Tours
  • Walking Tours
Local Businesses
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  • Environment & Climate
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