The Gasperi family arrived on St. Croix in the mid 1960s from northern Italy to help found Castle Nugent Farms, a Senepol beef cattle ranch on the south shore of the island. Chicco (KEE-ko) and Valeria, your hosts, are originally from Milano. They started their family here on St. Croix, and moved to the Greathouse at Estate Longford in 1970. Chicco always had a garden to grow his Italian vegetables on the property, and this, plus mamma Valeria’s home cooking, inspired a love of real food in their two children. Their daughter Marta is active in North Carolina in the holistic health and natural foods movements while raising her children, and she and husband Rob and the kids spend most summers at Longford helping out with the farm. Chicco and Valeria’s son Luca and his wife Christina have lived on the property at Longford since 2001, and started the ARTfarm organic vegetable farm here at Longford in 2007.
Staying at Longford Hideaway means we will give you your privacy, including exclusive use of the pool – but if you’d like to chat with anyone in the family about the plusses of life on St. Croix, organic farming, or good food, hoo boy, don’t get us started! We love to share our passion for St. Croix with our guests.