This is an all around 5-star experience. The house is absolutely luxurious with stunning views from every angle of the home. The house was extremely comfortable, the lay-out of the home and outdoor areas allowed for plenty of communal activities, but also space for quiet relaxation, and the amenities were of the same quality that you'd have in your own home. What I loved most about the home was the clean and solid construction and just the simplicity yet elegance of the decor.
We stayed with 3 adults and 3 children (8, 6 and 4 years old). The lay-out was perfect for our group. The rooms were simple and spacious. We had one room for the parents, the other room was for the children and the apartment for the nanny. With a large kitchen stocked with the necessary amenities, we were able to cook wonderful meals that we enjoyed in several different dining areas around the property (front porch, back porch, garden, dining room).
The grounds were just beautiful. The house had a man-made pond that the children loved swimming in and exploring. There was a sauna, a hot tub, a reading room and outside lounging areas to enjoy the views. The yard was the perfect combination of natural and landscaped gardens. There were vegetable and herb gardens that allowed us to make salads and add fresh herbs to all our meals that made them that much more enjoyable.
And finally, our hosts were so gracious and made us feel so welcome. We had a wonderful welcome package awaiting our arrival. Hildegard brought us fresh homemade bread twice during our stay and a wonderful strudel. There were fresh flower arrangements around the house every morning. The children were always excited to spy on Hildegard, Norbet and Mabrit in the yard in the morning or at their house on our way in and out of the property.
The surrounding area was also delightful. We had a lot of fun exploring the nearby towns. The closest town is Castelleto di Brenzone. An easy 10 minute drive from the house and pretty difficult 20-25 minute hike down (to get to town)/up (to get home) the mountain. The two older children made the hike once, but the 4 year old was basically carried back up the mountain. While they were proud of getting to the town and back once, none of the children wanted to do it again. Our favorite restaurant was ristorante da umberto where we enjoyed several lunches and a couple of dinners. Luca the owner was such a treat!
We can't wait to visit again!