American artist and writer Alex Kerr stumbled across this dilapidated traditional farmhouse in the 1970s while traveling in Iya. He bought it and began the painstaking work of restoring its thatched roof heavy wooden beams. Named Chiiori House, it is now the cornerstone of the activities of the Chiiori Trust, a nonprofit foundation working to preserve the region' traditional beauty while revitalizing its rural communities. Chiiori House is now beautifully restored, thatch and all, and welcomes day visitors and overnight guests. Book in advance for either.