Why I set up the Mum and Baby Experience
My name isRita Kobrak.I am married to Mike and we have a daughter called Alessia who is now 9 and a son,Sebastiano who is 3. They love "coming to work with mummy"
After having worked for many years all over Europe in the travel industry we decided to buy and restore a holiday home in Italy(where my Mum is from). We love the area and am sure you will too. The house was home to a family of 12 and dates back to the 1800's. They lived at La Radicata together with their animals and we are friends with Giovanni, the only remaining son, now in his late seventies.
With the birth of our beautiful baby, Alessia, I decided that I didn't want to spend so much time working away from home, but still wanted to travel and look after people on holiday, as that is what I loved most about my job. I love cooking, exercise, Italy and children so decided to combine all my passions into a business. I joined a fantastic mother and baby club in London called
Cupcake and while talking to other mums , I came up with the idea of mother and baby/toddler holidays .We went about adapting our holiday home to make it child friendly.There are plenty of outside and indoor toys, baby cups , plates , cutlery, cots , highchairs and paddling pool. We have cds of Italian and English baby songs and plenty of ideas to keep little ones entertained. We work with the local community and use fresh, local, mainly organic food.
I used to work part time in a london nursery so have been CRB checked, have first aid and food hygiene certificate and now teach English in Lucca. I am also trained as a baby massage teacher .
When I was struggling to become pregnant we applied to adopt. However , soon after I became pregant but had researched alot about adoption and fostering. This year I met Joy Carter, an inspirational musician,who was adopted herself and is passionate about finding more families to adopt and foster children That is why 10% of all breaks this summer go to the adotion through comedy charity. see link below.
Fernanda Baldini has been named the "baby whisperer" by previous guests. We have never had a baby/toddler that doesn't love her. She is calm, loving and adores children. When she is not looking after the children , she is showing you how to make home made pasta and tiramisu. She has worked in one of the best restaurants in Caprese and just when she thought she was going to retire she started working for the mum and baby experience.Her husband, Mario, comes to light the oven (a Man's job!) Our Yoga teacher is Renata, who was born in Germany and studied psychology at Munich university. After living many years in India learning Ayurvedic yoga and meditation plus the Buddhist approach to life , she ended up falling in love with an Italian and coming to live on a farm in Anghiari.She has lived in Tuscany for 20 years and has two sons Renata has her own organic garden and many farm animals in a small ecological village close to us.
On certain breaks a London based yoga teacher comes to do hatha yoga at Villa Radicata and they also do some kids yoga.
Marina Palma is our fitness instructor on the fitness breaks. She was born in Naples and teaches fitness classes and zumba in London, mainly to mums and expectant mums.
She is enthusiastic,outgoing and makes her classes fun as well as challenging.She also teaches zumba to chilrden.
She gives nutritional advice and encourages you to get the best out of your work out and motivates you to keep up good work when you get home. If you are in the London area she is available for personal training.www.marinapalma.zumba.com
Her motto is "there is no right or wrong way, just your way"
Our lovely driver Paolo picks you are from the airport in his comfortable mini bus equipped with car seats for babies and toddlers. The journey to the villa is about one hour. He is friendly and reliable and of course, a safe driver and keen to practice his English.
Our company policy is to provide a great, relaxing and unforgettable holiday experience for mum and baby/toddler and we are sure you will also make life long friends.We want you to love our house and area as much as we do and to feel like family and friends rather than tourists.
At the end of the day it is you, the mums and children, who make the mum and baby experience fun.
0044 778 557 1292 or 0044 207 3842431