About us

We live in one of Italy’s most beautiful valleys, only 20 minutes north of Perugia. We chose this area on account of its unique natural beauty, stunning views and proximity to Umbria’s wonderful hill towns. Our love of Italian food, wine and the way of life prompted our move to Italy more than 17 years ago and we are keen to share this passion for all things Italia.

Chrissie is from Cambridge, England and prior to moving to Italy, worked as a chartered accountant in Europe, Asia and Australia. She is a keen walker and water sports enthusiast and recently completed her sailing license in Italian and loves to relax on Lake Trasimeno. She is also very proud of her small herd of Alpacas.

David is from a farming background in rural Australia and worked in stockbroking, hospitality and the wine industry in Australia. He taught business and academic English in schools and companies and worked as a Cambridge University Language examiner upon arriving in Italy. David manages the Chiesa del Carmine estate, which is located within in our valley and includes an award winning cellar door.

Elisabetta and Lucia were both born in Italy and attend local schools. They love the summer holidays where they are lucky enough to make new friends with our guests most weeks and the weekly pizza nights are their favourite event.

Bessie and Lina, are our two special dogs and also love having guests to stay, they particularly like all the attention from the younger guests and love the opportunity to go for a walk in the valley.
We look forward to welcoming you to our home and sharing our special place with you.
David, Chrissie, Elisabetta, Lucia, Bessie and Lina and our Alpacas.

Press area

  1. CasAntica - May 2022

    The navel of the world
    Wanting to start a family, and looking for the right place to settle, possibly halfway between England and Australia, where Chrissie and David, respectively, were born. The charm of Umbria has literally overwhelmed them, thus unbalancing the distances in favor of her.
    By triggering a magical mechanism that, after the renovation of the house, “Il Fienile”, “La Stalla” and “La Cantina”, the whole valley reborn, with vineyards and accommodation facilities of the highest level. Of which he is, today, the general manager.
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  2. The Chosen Table - February 2022

    Holiday in Umbria, Italy: Green Valley at Casa San Gabriel and Lakefront at Lang’s Lake House

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  3. Gourmet Traveller WINE - August 2021

    Valley of the Ruins

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  4. The Good Life Italy - January 2021

    A visit to Umbria: interview with David Lang, owner of Casa San Gabriel

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  5. Hotspot.earth - July 2020

  6. MEDmangia - March 2020

  7. Metro.style - Spring 2020

  8. The Italian Wine Girl - Spring 2019

  9. Sunday Times - January 2018

  10. Travel life Magazine - Feb / March 2016

    DAVID AND CHRISSIE LANG, who offer authentic agriturismo experiences in 16th century farmhouses on their property, Casa San Gabriel, share their favorite spots in Italy’s Umbria region.

    Travelife Magazine – Feb-Mar 2016 – 36 Hours – Umbria (PDF)

  11. Out and About with Kids - Summer 2016

    Italian countryside here we come! This is a farm stay holiday with a difference, on a beautiful organic farm in the heart of Umbria.

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  1. Coastal Home Article - July 2014

    The Italian job. A decade has passed since former Lorne resident David Lang traded in the towering gums of the Otways to revive a rambling farmhouse in the “green heart of Italy”, but now he gets the best of both worlds.

    Coastal Home Article 1 (PDF)
    Coastal Home Article 2 (PDF)

  2. Sophisticated Traveller Article - August 2014

    A bountiful journey: David Lang’s travels led to an unexpected tree change and a new life in a country he’d never visited.

    Travellers Tales (PDF)

  3. Australian Standard Article - August 2014

    From Beeac to Umbria – an Italian dream comes true ESCAPING to Italy to renovate a historic villa, fossick for black truffles and press olive oil from ancient trees is the dream of many a romantic adventurer.

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  4. Italianicious Magazine: Family Holiday - Jan/Feb 2012

    David and Chrissie Lang have transformed Casa San Gabriel into a true family retreat. Comprised of their own home and three outbuildings that have been turned into cottages, this property combines the tranquility of a rural escape with the convenience of being close to several surrounding towns and it offers plenty to keep the kids occupied too – including a playground, pool and alpacas.

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    Italianicious Family Life Article 2 (JPG)
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  5. Italianicous Magazine: The Simple Life - May / June 2011

    Thousands are the stories of young Italians who left their country and came to Australia in search of a better life. But, we don’t hear as much about the Australians who have chosen to reverse the process and end up living in Italy permanently or basing their income and business life around spending a considerable amount of time there. Their reasons for doing so are diverse – a quest for a certain lifestyle, good old fashioned love or the ability to spend a considerable part of the year introducing others to a country they have come to love.

    Italianicious (PDF)

  6. Alistair Sawdays: Slow Italy

    Casa San Gabriel was specially selected to feature in Alistair Sawdays ” Slow Italy” publication. The book is a wonderful collection of properties throughout Italy who have embraced the ” Slow” life.

    Slow Italy (PDF)

  7. Expat Tales: The Age, Australia - October 2007

    David Lang farm boy turned stock broker, lives his dream as an English teacher in Italy.

    Expat Tales (PDF)

  8. The Italian Job: Geelong Today

    David and Chrissie Lang were looking for a challenge when they decided to transform a rundown Italian farmhouse into an accommodation retreat.

    Geelong Italian Job Article 1 (PDF)
    Geelong Italian Job Article 2 (PDF)
    Geelong Italian Job Article 2 (PDF)

  9. West Australia - Feb / Jan 2007

    P.D.Riches finds chestnuts and wild boars on holiday in the Umbrian hills.

    West Australian Article(PDF)

  10. Giornale Dell'Umbria

    Our first article in a daily Italian newspaper on life in Italy and Casa San Gabriel.

    Giornale Dell'Umbria (PDF)

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