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.
Holiday in Umbria, Italy: Green Valley at Casa San Gabriel and Lakefront at Lang’s Lake House
Valley of the Ruins
A visit to Umbria: interview with David Lang, owner of Casa San Gabriel
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)
Italian countryside here we come! This is a farm stay holiday with a difference, on a beautiful organic farm in the heart of Umbria.
Out and About with Kids (JPG)
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)
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)
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.
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.
Italianicious Family Life Article 1 (JPG)
Italianicious Family Life Article 2 (JPG)
Italianicious Family Life Article 3 (JPG)
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.
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)
David Lang farm boy turned stock broker, lives his dream as an English teacher in Italy.
Expat Tales (PDF)
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)
P.D.Riches finds chestnuts and wild boars on holiday in the Umbrian hills.
West Australian Article(PDF)
Our first article in a daily Italian newspaper on life in Italy and Casa San Gabriel.
Giornale Dell'Umbria (PDF)