What a fabulous place - from the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome with a freshly picked bowl of figs from the garden. The house is beautiful - spacious, private and comfortable in a traditional style. Our children were delighted with their bedrooms and enjoyed the stunning views and beautiful light that comes through in the mornings and evenings. As well as the ample indoor space, there's a great covered area with a huge barbecue so this is a good house for family get-togethers. The house was clean, with lots of fresh towels and basics in the kitchen such as olive oil and seasoning. All appliances (dishwasher, washing machine, fridge) worked perfectly.
Luigi and his mother, Cristiana, went out of their way to help when our baggage and medication was lost by the airline. They helped us to secure replacement medication and took delivery of our bag when it finally arrived. They were also extremely helpful in giving information about the local area and practicalities such as local supermarkets.
Although out in the country, Rome is not far away so we were able to visit for a day. There are some charming local towns and Lake Bracciano nearby, which is just beautiful. You will need a car if you're staying here but it makes a great base for a variety of days out. It doesn't feel very touristy - we were the only Brits we came across - but everyone we came into contact with was very accommodating of our appalling Italian and it felt like a friendly area.
The highlight of the stay was the swimming pool. Clean, well-maintained and attractively surrounded by a bay hedge, we spent many, many memorable hours sunbathing, splashing around and just relaxing. We miss is already! There are steps into the pool and a good portion of it is fairly shallow so our youngest (5) was able to bob around happily while the others enjoyed diving in at the deep end.
Luigi and his family are excellent hosts and strike the perfect balance between being available to help but also giving guests privacy to enjoy their holiday. It was a privilege to stay in their home and we would not hesitate to recommend it.