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It is hard to use too many superlatives for this enchanting property and location. Every utility and fitting is of the very highest standard. The gardens and surroundings top class and the swimming pool and facilities are as good as you can get. Hosts Carolyn and Joe are superb and offer every sort of advice both verbally and in the personally produced guides with which they furnish their guests. We usually holiday in high quality hotels so this was our first venture into this type of accommodation. Suffice it to say that we hope to return next year.
We had a great stay in this wonderful location. The views are breathtaking and the location close to Smerillo and other hilltop villages is ideal. The hosts Marco and Kara could not have been more helpful. They were always available to help us out with the usual travel questions,routes to places, best shopping,local landmarks, restaurants etc. But more than that they had a sincerity and disposition that made us feel truly welcomed. The farm itself is perfect. The rooms are clean and modern,the bathrooms stylish with great showers. We used the laundry a lot. Outside, there are some large fields of lavender, wandering rooster and hens, apple orchards and a rabbit that may well be the luckiest rabbit in Italy. This rabbit has his own little room along a walkway that he goes in and out of all day long. He hunkers down in the night to avoid any dangers and during the day wanders the property eating acorns and grass. We purchased some of the honey from the apiary and lavender products and they made great gifts. If any herbs were needed for meals Kara would quickly provide a large bag of basil or thyme. When it came to photography the lovely poppy fields and flowers along the brick walls were ideal. The shots of the scenery from the farmhouse were some of the best we took in Italy. Yes, Smerillo is a little off the beaten path, a little harder to get to and some up and down hill driving. But the beauty of the scenery, the lack of tourists, the hospitality of the people make it worth the effort. The tranquility and sound sleeps are truly appreciated.We understand that Marco and Kara are just starting out with this venture.They have put a lot of resources and love into this property and we sincerely hope that it succeeds.We cannot recommend this experience more highly. It was the highlight of our trip around Italy. We look forward to returning next year !