About the owner
Jenny spent her early childhood in Essex, later moving with her family to Leicestershire where she was educated and became a member of Leicestershire Youth Orchestra. Although her interests were centred in art and music, she was directed towards teaching. She married and travelled, living for a while in Bahrain. Later as a mature student she realised her ambition to study Sculpture and Fine Arts in the U.K.
Her first visit to Simonicchi was in 1987 and she came to live here permanently in 1991. Her elderly mother came to live with her. When she could find time she carved stone and modelled in clay. With dedicated help, she restored the house, long barn and outbuildings and turned the village refuse dump into a terraced garden.
Now she likes to use the villa as a launch pad for people to immerse themselves in country life, paint and draw, make music, walk, observe the flora and fauna, the night sky, take photographs, mountain bike, road race train, learn traditional cooking, and wine and dine very well in the local family-run restaurants.
The villa has become a place for friends, guests and helpers to meet and exchange ideas – sometimes in a fascinating mixture of languages.
Jenny has played the flute since her schooldays and has just started to learn the cello.
To view Jenny’s sculptures: assistcom.org/jenny