Our car climbed a narrow, winding road through dim forest to a sunny gate - La Pianella. The tidy, pebbled drive was flanked by banks and pots of blossoms and herbs; a most propitious start to our week stay. This gardener is gifted! Roses, jasmine, wisteria twined magnificently, scenting the loggia. I saw grape vines, pomegranate, bamboo, marjoram! French doors and windows remained open to fresh air with little unwanted incursion, though I once saw a charming firefly twinkling in my bedroom.
Donatella, a welcoming sprite, poised and gracious, efficient cook who served 14 of us 3 meals/day with ease, generously shared her kitchen and wood-fired pizza oven with any comers. She is a treasure!
The salt water swimming pool is sited at the highest point on this property. It is quiet, beautiful, private, offers sun and shade, comfortable loungers, a stellar view of hills and sky with only trees looking down at you. My all-time-favorite pool!
My bed was comfortable with ironed sheets, lamps for reading were ample, hot water was always available in the shower, noise did not seem to travel (really, we had a toddler in the party and people kept different hours), the house was clean.