A family lifestyle adventure
Appassionata was born from the hearts and minds of successful entrepreneur Michael Hobbs, his wife, established interior designer, Dawn Cavanagh-Hobbs and their family.
They created this business as a way of sharing their love of Italy with a discerning and select group of people. Travelling to the beautiful Le Marche region of Italy in 2004, Dawn and Michael discovered a combination of unspoilt countryside, sea, mountains and an incredible quality of life – they instantly knew that they had found a part of the world that they wanted to call home.
They share a vision to create something magical, reflecting their life experiences and incorporating their strong family values.
Michael spent over 25 years in the retail industry. As the Chief Executive of a large international retail fashion business, he led a Management Buyout to great success. His extensive international experience helped him to undertake a number of Chairman and Non-Executive roles within both public and private companies. In his spare time Michael is often found hanging out with his grandchildren, watching rugby, riding one of his motorcycles or pottering around the family truffle plantation. He loves the open road and visiting new countries, adventuring through rarely visited parts of the world, where he enjoys pushing out the boundaries and living life to the full. He and Appassionata are active supporters of the charity Adventure Ashram, in particular helping to rescue and protect vulnerable children from the Indian human trafficking trade. Michael provides the entrepreneurial, financial, strategic, planning and legal expertise for the business.
Dawn has been developing, renovating and designing property for over 20 years and is a qualified interior designer. Having raised four children you cannot question her stamina, determination and sense of humour. From her past expertise completing various different projects she knows how to create a stunning and unique home, furnishing these to a very high standard. Working with a combination of antique and modern furniture, original art, handmade lighting and cosy but light colour combinations, Dawn’s designs create perfect, luxurious homes. When not creating breath-taking property, Dawn adores horse riding and her collection of dogs. She is a ‘natural horse’ woman rescuing and re-habilitating abused animals with amazing success. A kind hearted, spiritual force that provides balance and calmness to all she touches.
2007, Michael and Dawn decided they wanted a complete lifestyle change. Utilising Michael’s business acumen and Dawn’s love and understanding of design and renovation, the couple combined both their life and business experiences to create lifestyle enterprise, Appassionata.
Working alongside their eldest daughter India and her husband Charlie, with the occasional help of Dawn and Michael’s grandchildren, Lucas and Millie-Mary, the Hobbs’ aim is to create the perfect retreat for those that love Italy.
A key strength of the Appassionata model is that they not only create the homes they also look after them. Charlie is an experienced builder who runs the maintenance team and ensures that the houses are always in great condition and regularly maintained. Always on hand to make your holiday experience as stress free as possible. He overseas the renovation projects and works with a group of local artisans and builders to ensure the most beautiful homes are created.
India is a natural and engaging communicator, easy going, efficient, and a wonderful young mother. From the moment you contact India she will hold your hand through the sales process, ensuring you are supported as much, or as little, as you require. She also provides on-going owner liaison and handover management ensuring you have the best possible experience as an Appassionata owner.
Taking professional business skills and marrying them with style, creativity and passion, Appassionata offers you something unique; a boutique and luxurious, family owned fractional ownership business.