Property: 10 |
Cleaning: 10 |
Host: 10 |
Location: 10 |
| Breakfast: 10
What a magnificent place to spend your holidays! Il Giardino has everything; The view across the Golfo dei Poeti is always changing and always beautiful, as are the night skies. The grounds are extensive, beautifully kept by the friendly gardiner and provide for plenty of shade, even during the hottest days. There’s all kinds of beautiful flowers and trees, and of course lots and lots of butterflies!
But all this is just the start. Our apartment was spacious, cool and spotless, thanks to the lovely lady who came in every day to clean, provide us with fresh towels and practise her English. The al fresco breakfast was a great way to start the day and make plans for nice daytrips for instance to nearby Lerici (5 minutes by car, 2, 5 minutes with nonna Lydia driving), Tellaro (15 minutes, 7, 5 minutes with nonna Lydia driving), to La Spezia (15 km) or to rent an boat from Bocca di Magra and discover the Golfo (don’t miss Portovenere) for yourself. Of course planning nothing and lounging about all day in the large swimming pool, is always an attractive option as well.
The best part of our stay at the Giardino delle Farfalle, however, was the company of nonna Lydia, her children Carlo, Anna and her grand-daughter Jasmine. They made us feel very welcome and they created an atmosphere in which we (two adults and two children aged 6 and 7) really felt part of the family for the two weeks of our stay. Our children had a great time playing with Jasmine and the dogs, collecting beetles, lizards, rocks, sticks, leafs etc. Our 6-year old boy was cured of his fear of dogs in no-time, which for us, was a huge, and unexpected, bonus.
Although we’ve made it a policy to never go to the same place twice for our summer holidays, our stay at Il Giardino delle Farfalle has been so nice, that we’ve more or less decided to book two weeks next summer. We can only hope that there’s room left.
stayed from 08/02/2017 to 08/16/2017