Sam Stanley & Laurence Hicks completed the conversion of this beautiful property in the spring of 2017 and decided to escape the hustle and bustle of London for a period. Now due to business commitments, their time is split between London and Sicily.
Sam is an ex-professional rugby player where, at the peak of his playing career, he played for England 7’s and Saracens. Sam’s family have a strong rugby pedigree with his brother representing Samoa and his uncle Joe represented New Zealand playing for the All Blacks as well as other relatives playing for major rugby teams globally. Sam rose to notoriety within the LGBT community in August 2015 after he became the first active English Rugby Union player to reveal he way gay through an honest and frank article published in the Sunday Times.
After a 30-year successful career in the travel industry holding a number of senior roles for major tour operators, Laurence decided to switch the focus of his travel career towards a major escorted touring technology project. Laurence found himself at the centre of attention of the LGBT community after Sam came out mainly through people’s fascination with the generational nature of their relationship. Laurence’s mother was Sicilian and he is an Italian speaker and has been a frequent visitor to Italy throughout his life.
For two seasons, Sam and Laurence have successfully operated their Homestay concept in the heart of the quintessential Sicilian hamlet of Santo Stefano where they have hosted over 100 highly satisfied homestayers. Their inclusiveness and immersive philosophy have been the key to the homestay formula’s success and everyone has been extended a warm, friendly and courteous welcome into their home and their lives. Testament to their success is the fabulous Trip Adviser reviews they have received.