We were 2 couples, 2 young kids and a (large) dog, staying over for a week-end in the early spring, escaping the city for some much needed fresh air, space and horizon. The natural setting is gorgeous, the trees are tall and majestic, the house has that former-"Estate House" pride, yet it also is cosy and not pretentious. Maria Laura is a caring & discreet host, kindly looking on us every now and then, making sure we had everything we need, making suggestion of activities, all that without being an 'helicopter-host' permanently hovering above us. Helps Susan & Danny made the stay that much more enjoyable, seamlessly taking care of daily tasks while we enjoyed the environs. I canot emphasize enough how much being on the beach, that stretches for miles and miles and miles, is a good antidote to city-living. The kids kept busy picking up sea shells, playing in the sand and generally getting dirty as they should. The dog, too, finally unleashed, doing dog things, smelling new smells, swimming into new ponds, on occasions barking at the horses in the distance. Lazy evenings spent preparing supper, putting new logs in the fireplace, opening yet another bottle... It was great. Got back to town with recharged batteries.