We needed a place to stay in this area on a trip down south from northern Italy. As it was July and we were travelling with our 2 children (4 and 6) we wanted a place with a pool.
We had read some negative reviews of the hosts and their treatment to children, but figured it wouldn't matter for one night. We are easy-going and tend to give the benefit of the doubt whenever possible.
Upon arrival we were greated by a friendly dog that got a bit carried away - but we just told the children to stay away from him and hebasically behaved the rest of our time there. Our older daughter wanted to see th pool so we took her there. The pool has a strange shape and very slowly slants inward. Although there are read lines to delineate where one should not step past, our daughter didn't realize that and immediately slipped inwards fully dressed! It was funny, but a little scary too. Although nobody would leave their child unattended around a pool this could also be slippery for grownups as well.
We had a large room for the 4 of us with a queen sized bed and bunkbeds for the kids. The room was decent although I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of what seemed like termites to me. I guess that sometimes happens with wooden beams. My husband who is a light sleeper didn't hear a thing...not sure what it was, but there was...The shower is a typical Italian shower that tends to run all over the bathroom if you take more than a 2 minute shower, but it seems that is something one has to get used to while travelling in Italy in 3 star accomodations.
Dinner at the b&b was good and good value. We were quite pleased with Jenny's cooking and she was fairly friendly while serving.
The fruit trees, foliage and walk up the hill was fun for us- a real country walk with different berries and fruits to admire along the way.
Unfortunately I will have to say that the day we left we did not experience friendly treatment from our hosts. We asked in the morning if we could leave the room later than usual as we wanted to spend the day at the pool (the weather was terrible the previous day and we couldn't use it) and then let our younger daughter have a rest after lunch. At first we were told to take our things out of the room but for our travel cot which our daughter could use for a rest as Jenny wanted the cleaner to clean the room. However about 30 minutes later we were told we would have to vacate the room completely as there were other people coming in. All of this communicated very brusquely. We ended up staying around the pool and having our daughter nap on the grass. Nobody showed up to take over our room while we were there and we left very late in the day. Not quite sure why they couldn't accomodate our request...
This is potentially a nice place, but as it is quite off the beaten track I am not sure it will be a lasting business with such unfriendly hosts. When one makes the effort to come up a long dirt road about 30 minutes off the highway one would expect a friendly reception. There are many small agriturismi in this area - we will certainly go elsewhere on our next trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Farmhouse “Pietra Rosa” is situated at 350 metres on the sea level on the side of Pietralata Mount, very close to the Cesane Forest. It’s a very interesting area with the Gola del Furlo, Paganuccio Mountain, Nerone and Catria Mountain. The interest is also naturalistic thanks to the rich variety of flora and fauna. Near the farmhouse, in the village of Monte Polo, you can see a little church of the XIII century. The finding of old coins and other objects in this area testify settings of roman age. The farm consists of 16 hectares with wood and organic agriculture. The farmhouse is an old house of about 400 mqs. Restored using natural materials as much as possible. There is a restaurant of about 40 seats; five double rooms included a bedroom for disabled. Each bedroom has a bathroom. The furniture is in country style with old objects. There is also a hall where it is possible to organize meetings and stages of music, painging, reading, meditation, etc. The Restaurant In the Farmhouse – recommended on TripAdvisor – “Pietra Rosa” you can buy the typical organic products like: pasta, olive oil, cheese and wine. The guests of “Pietra Rosa” have also the possibility to play archery, to play outdoor games for kids, make trekking, too. They can also use mountain-bikes to make excursions on the Pietralata Mountain, or to the Passo del Furlo or the Cesane Forest. The “Pietra Rosa” Farmhouse is open all year long with the possibility to sleep and have breakfast or demy-pension. The restaurant for the non-resident is on reservation. ... more less