The corridors are huge, the views grand and the ruined church attached will add to the romance of staying here – but you won’t have to stand on ceremony – the family and staff are friendly and laid-back. They also feed you very well: breakfast is taken in the enormous dining room and includes freshly-squeezed orange juice in season, homemade organic yogurts, freshly baked breads and cakes, hams, cheeses and eggs from their chickens. Let Giulio cook you dinner (the family have a reputation for being gourmands) which will include freshly-picked vegetables from the garden.
You will get a tour of the whole property when you arrive – probably so you don’t get lost. The cloisters, the regal staircase, the second rose garden, the small solarium, the long corridors and the dining room are all yours to wander – if it rained for a week it really wouldn’t matter, there’s so much to see and there are hundreds of books.
You will feel remote – it’s a 20-minute drive to anything. Walking trails surround you and you can discover canals, a grotto and waterfalls just half an hour away in the ‘gole del drago’ a wonderful natural park. Wine tastings and dinner out can be arranged – just ask Giulio.