Fantastic owners, superb setting and property
Submitted: June 18, 2012
Stayed: May 2012
While the house and grounds are really spectacular, what I will most remember about Le Pianore are the wonderful owner and her team. Fillipo, the owner's delightful son, went above and beyond the call of duty and attended to our every whim, including arranging the most wonderful and exclusive wine tasting experiences. Since I am from California wine country, I am not easily impressed, but what Fillipo arranged were private tours in the most sought-after Brunello estates, such as Sesti, with the “guides” being the winemakers themselves. Fillipo arranged numerous private lunches for us throughout the beautiful valley, and worked innumerable hours to make us happy.
Then there was Rina, the private chef that comes optional with the house. After first tasting her food the first night, we all voted to have her back for much of every evening. Spectacular gourmet meals easily worth three times what she charged us (definitely ask her to make lasagna, and the special lamb dish, but I seriously do not remember one meal that wasn’t outstanding).
Elena, the gracious, gregarious and beautiful owner of the property was always around making sure that we were treated like royalty, and, of course, we were. She treated us to some wonderful memories that I will never forget.
As others have written, Le Pianore is a huge, lovely and very private estate, with fantastic views and authentic details. One of my favorite aspects was running for 3 miles every day inside ton beautiful country roads and never leaving their vast property. While the tiny town of Monticello is just a few minutes drive from the property, it’s the next town over, Castel del Piano, a short 20-minute drive, that is absolutely the must-see. Not yet on the tourist trail, but you better get there fast and explore the jaw-dropping beauty of their medieval and Renaissance streets before someone writes, "Under Castel del Piano's Sun." Grazie mille, Elena and Fillipo, for your incredible hospitality. Tre urrà per la bella Napolese!
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Owner's Response: Thank you so much Ray......only now I sow the review, you have been so kind . Love and love to you Elena
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