Our name and philosophy have been inspired by the Talking Heads song ‘This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)’, which songwriter David Byrne describes as:
“A real honest kind of love song… I tried to write one that wasn’t corny, that didn’t sound stupid or lame the way many do. I think I succeeded”.
He did, and we intend to too.
Jo, Duncan, Indy (age 3) and Valentina (age 5, or 36 in cat years) are your hosts. They upped sticks and relocated from Herne Hill, south London, in June 2016 with a crazy dream… and 2 years and a lot of hard work later, that crazy dream has become reality. They can’t wait to welcome you to their home.
Jo’s background is in film production and her film credits include the Woody Allen film ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’. She previously lived in Barcelona for 10 years between 1998 and 2008, speaks fluent Spanish and is also pretty nifty at the local Catalan language.
Duncan’s background is in the festival and music industry where he was a key member of the creative team behind the UK’s multi-award winning Bestival and Camp Bestival music festivals for over 10 years, as well as its sister record label Sunday Best. He also DJs as one half of the Sombrero Sound System (albeit very occasionally nowadays), and speaks a slightly confusing mix of Spanish and Catalan, badly, with a few hand gestures thrown in for good measure.
‘Mas Casamitjana’ has been here since the 14th Century, although it grew to roughly the size it is now in the mid 18th Century – largely due to the skills of Joseph Casamitjana, whose name you can see proudly inscribed about several door lintels in the house and also above the door of what we are now calling La Caseta del Sol (hope that’s cool Joseph). ‘Mas’ is an abbreviation of ‘Masia’ which is the Catalan name for a farmhouse (or ‘Finca’ in Spanish).
Our house is about an hour from Barcelona and its airport, and also from Girona and its ‘Costa Brava’ airport. Barcelona has a reputation as one of the trendiest cities in Europe, and the province of Catalunya is well known for its wonderful climate, beautiful natural light, fantastic food and wine.
Our nearest town is Moià, a charming historical market town with a fine tradition of producing outstanding food – much of which is organic. Moià is most alive on a Sunday for its market day and people from all over the province come to sample its high quality produce – and for a town of approx 6,000 inhabitants to sustain eight butcher/delis, three bakeries and a host of great restaurants, it must be doing something very right. Yum.