Thirty years ago we became involved with the Keats Shelley Memorial Association that owns the house at the foot of the Spanish Steps in Rome where John Keats died. An apartment in this building became our first Italian property in 1982, and we now have six remarkable buildings in Italy, most with a British cultural connection. They include the apartment in Florence occupied by Robert and Elizabeth Browning, a villa by Palladio and a magnificent former monastery overlooking the waterfalls of Tivoli.
In France we look after the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s former country retreat south-west of Paris, Le Moulin de la Tuilerie and have been exploring a partnership with the Conservatoire du littoral, the French coastal conservancy agency, to help save their buildings at risk.
The Landmark Trust USA, an independent organisation working to our model, was established in 1991. Its first property was Rudyard Kipling’s family home in Vermont and it now manages four important historic buildings.