We had a wonderful time in Berat and were treated like family by Lorenc and Mamma. The house is really interesting and Lorenc is doing great work to preserve and enhance it. The garden is ideal to sit and relax, and sample some homemade treats and Raki. We were torn between talking with Lorenc about the house, the area and Albania past and present, and wanting just to chill out by ourselves with some wine in a very peaceful place. Not a bad conundrum in which to find oneself.
The place is not at all fancy and is more hostel than B&B (hence my rating of 4 rather than 5), although Lorenc does provide a private room for couples who request it; but it's not that private and the bath is shared. Also, there are many steps so it would not be appropriate for those with mobility issues. But if you want to meet a real person and stay in an authentic, original Berat house, this will help make your trip even more memorable. Lorence even took us into a couple of local churches, including Kisha e shen Mehillit halfway up the hill to the Kala, where he had to stop and get someone to come with the key. You don't get that kind of personal service everywhere.
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- Authentic traditional house. Wonderful views, garden, vineyard and very attractive architectural features. ... more less
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