Update, September 14th: Claudia has made some further changes to ~Neive~ since this article was published. The parade of shops and houses at the landing point (and seen in the image above) has been revised, and the bath house referred to in the text below has been replaced by the automotive garage which used to sit just outside of the shops and their street. To the south-west, one of the Tuscan-style farm houses has been replaced by a pavilion.
~Neive~ is a Homestead regions designed by Claudia (claudia74a Orsini) which Caitlyn and I first visited in late June 2017, when it still appeared to be under construction. We dropped back there at the start of September to see how things had developed, and found the region has grown into a quite pastoral – if slightly eclectic – setting.
A visit start towards the east side of the region, where a small parade of shops, houses and ruined buildings sit against a waterside road raised above a quay. A set of steps descend from the south side of square in front of the stores, offering the way – over a grass bank – to a dirt track running between the waters surrounding the region and the large body of water occupying the middle of the region. A Tuscan style farmhouse sits above the track, which ends in an arch formed by two old tree trunks.
Beyond this, on the south side of the region, the land changes from temperate grasses and trees to a more tropical beach, complete with palm trees and a beach club built out over the waters. Further across the sand sits a terrace bar, also built out over the water.
The beach curves around to the west side of the island, and a set of stairs leading up to where a terrace sits under the shadow of a windmill atop the highest peak on the land, and overlooking the central pool. A finger of water run by the foot of the terrace hill, connecting inland water with those surrounding the region. A log bridge offer the way to the far bank, where a rocky plateau rises, topped by an old Tuscan villa. Horses graze in the field below the villa, where a deck provides another vantage point looking out over the water towards the south side of the region.
From here, the path circles back towards the landing point, passing an artist’s studio in a cabin surrounded by its own little garden. Another narrow neck on water is spanned by a wooden bridge, offering the way to where an ancient bath house sits, clearly still in use despite its age. With an old wooden garage sitting at the top of the slope from the bridge, the path leads the way back to the shops and the landing point.
With sheep, chickens and deer grazing across the land, foxes on the prowl and cats sunning themselves, together with decks and vantage points scattered throughout, Neive offers a relaxing visit. Cuddle spots can be found as well, on land and on the water, and the sound scape and surrounding hills complete the scene. There are one or two visual issues which can bump into view when exploring: walls and rocks which don’t quite meet the terrain below them, together with one or two items floating above ground or deck, but these don’t detract from the region being a pleasant visit and photogenic in nature.
- Region no longer held by Claudia