Exceptional setting. Exceptional accommodations. Exceptional personal service. Everything was...exceptional. During our three-day stay, owner Elena directed us to sites to see and places to dine in Parma as well as surrounding towns. She arranged an amazing tour fpr us, guided by Nick an erudite (and funny) Englishman, covering parmesan cheese-making, prosciutto-curing, and balsamic tradizionale- creating. The tour was fun and instructive–happily, it included a delicious hill town luncheon in an ancient taverna. Elena also introduced us to two neighborhood trattorias where we were treated like old friends instead of passersby (we got hearty handshakes and hugs when departing). In the meantime, Elena oversaw fine breakfasts in the dining area, attended to our laundry, and, after we left, even-Fed-Exed a left-behind Kindle power cord to our final destination in Florence. What more can we say? The beauty of the place, the quiet evenings after fast-moving days, the beautiful rooms, the attention to detail, the three dogs: everything was...exceptional. We would return in a heartbeat to the domain of exceptional Elena.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just a few kilometres from the centre of Parma, in the small, homely village of Porporano, a young couple devised and organised this place of delightful rest. Next to the main villa, in the garden grounds, springs an old rural cottage, built in solid stone brick with a hayloft above. This simple country site has been transformed into a charming cottage for guests; 5 rooms with en suite bathroom, communal area, a large kitchen, spacious veranda protected by glass which separates it from the enchanting green. Keeping the atmosphere of times gone by with its rough walls spaced out with blocks of pebble stone in place of bricks and the dimension of the hayloft which still astonishes those who enter; the rooms where the rough wooden floor gives harmony to the colours. The owners have furnished each room carefully and with passion: with iron headboards and delicately embroidered curtains and tapestry in thick linen, once forgotten in an old trunk. The cottage of Porporano, a place where hospitality is not only a profession but a style of life. ... more less
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