Old fashion rural house surrounded by a vineyard and olive groves in the beautiful hills of Irpinia.
First floor: kitchen + launch room + bathroom
Second floor: Bedroom + Living room (with sofa bed) + Bathroom
Irpinia is a region still to discover, here the people are friendly and willing to help, the food is genuine and the weather is simply fantastic!
The house was originally built in the 18th century for the peasants who cultivated the land, then recently artfully restored.
We produce some excellent wine (find us on (website hidden): Le Masciare). This is a land with a profound calling to the creation of quality oils and wines, and place where the regions only three DOCG wines are grown. Irpinia's unique, indigenous grape and olive varieties make up all of Le Masciare's land.
During the months of October and November we harvest grapes and olives: Each year, the harvest is carried out with consummate expertise and love, under the careful supervision and hands of the founders of the olive-oil and wine estate. If you're interested in taking a look (or even help if you want!) let me know, so I can tell you the exact days in which this will happen. :)
Here you'll experience the real Italian country life!
Contact me for any info!
If you have any trouble reaching the little town of Paternopoli, we can come pick you up at the Naples airport or to a close train station.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Extra people:||$11 / night after 2 guests|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$351 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$1235 /month|
|Pet Owner:||Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)|
This is a very quiet, peaceful place to stay. Piero met me on the day I arrived and guided me to the house, which I really appreciated. He showed me around and his aunt stopped by later in the day to check on me and make sure I had everything I needed. There are also some sweet little puppies running around now that will surely come visit you while you stay, looking for some handouts. As a female traveling alone, I felt very safe here.
As previous reviewers have mentioned, I was welcomed with a bottle of wine from the family winery which was very good. I also got some pasta sauce that I enjoyed very much. I exchanged a couple messages with Piero on the second day I was there, but then did not receive any further responses to my messages to him while I was there. I am not sure what happened there, because he had been very responsive up to that point.
A word to the wise - this property is obviously on a farm. :) So, be prepared for quite a few bugs (and a scorpion or two). It was also a little bit less idealic than what the pictures illustrate, in that the outside table needed to be cleaned and the property was a bit overgrown and not as manicured as it appears here. It is still a very charming place to stay and Piero and his family struck me as very kind and hard working people. I would recommend this place to anyone.
We had a wonderful experience at Piero's house. The house and it's rooms are just as described, and provided us a very clean and comfortable place during our stay. The farm is beautiful and very quiet. It is definitely "off the beaten path" and is perfect for a true getaway vacation. You should know that to obtain groceries on a Sunday or Holiday, you will have to drive 40 min or so (we happened to get there on a Sunday, and the next day was a holiday!). Our hosts provided a lovely bottle of wine and also a bottle of the best olive oil we ever tasted.
Lovely house and host.
Piero was very nice and helpful. When we arrived he was there to welcome us. Showed us everything and also wrote a list of local places to visit including cafes. When we had some minor problems he was very quick to sort them out. House is very nice and reasonably well equipped. Lovely setting. Paternopoli is a sleepy rural town with few shops and places to eat though it had a bakery. Other local towns have more amenities, but you will need a car to get there. Shame we didn't get to visit the farm due to Piero being ill. House is recommended, but more than 2 people staying would need use of the sofa bed and also kitchen diner could be cramped. Single bathroom will also be busy. Home made pasta sauce and basic ingredients on arrival was very welcome! Ditto for lovely bottle of wine! Overall a lovely place with a great host.
We LOVED Piero's place! I wanted to keep it a secret but the chances of us coming back soon are slim, so here it is. The house is beautiful and old but clean and comfortable, the area is amazing, vines, olives, veggies growing everywhere.
Piero's family were very welcoming and accomodating, and Chico the dog is a star, he looks after everything! Great place to get away from it all and relax. The little town of Paternopoli is charming and has all that you would require and the locals were very friendly. Great place!
Piero is a wonderful and very welcoming host. He welcomed us in person and drove us around Paternopoli, explaining everything there is to know. The house is beautiful and has everything you need for a pleasant and quiet stay, located in the most amazing landscape of south Italy.
We had a great time in the charming, clean and comfortable house of Piero. The surroundings are very beautiful, Piero and his family very friendly and helpful. We actually used the pizza oven, under kind supervision of an Italian friend of ours. I would definitely recommend this place. The area is not very crowded with tourists yet, which to me is definitely a plus.
Piero's estate, Le Masciare, is amazing - they grow DOC wines right in the house's front yard, and there are olive trees all around. The hill town of Paternopoli is petite and charming (a few degrees chillier than the coast). This is the "real" Italy, and a great way to get away from it all (well, sort of, the WiFi is excellent when you need it!). Ciccio, Piero's super-friendly dog, is a real charmer - he comes for a pat whenever we're back. A car is pretty much essential, but while it feels remote, driving to Naples, Pompeii and Herculaneum were only just over an hour, and the scenery along the way is delightful. We got to meet Piero's family too, they were all really lovely people. The house is well renovated, comfortable, spacious, and the kitchen is well-equipped - all the better to cook and drink the local produce (Le Masciare produces highly-regarded wines and organic extra virgin olive oil, among other things).
It was like living in a novel - rustic, idyllic, pastoral bliss.
It may be hard to believe, but the photos do not do justice to how beautiful this cottage and the village of Paternopoli are! The only problem I had with my stay there was that it came to an end.
First- The house: It is actually better than described. The rooms are large and clean, the furnishings are perfectly beautiful and comfortable and the enormous farm-house kitchen is a dream come true! There are also 360 degree mountain views from all the windows. Don't want to go out? Pick a window and sit by it! ;-) (There are also a series of photographs on the walls that show the history of the house.) It is in the fields just on the edge of the village. You can choose to walk into town, into the olive groves, to the vineyard, or through the hills. All in 10 minutes! And, you can ride the bike too!
Next- Piero's family! They must be the kindest people in the universe! His sister and mother picked me up from the bus in Avelina and drove me out to the farm. His cousin and Uncle helped me with everything, took me to a beautiful concert, and Tombola, and sent me on my way with a bottle of home-pressed grappa…They are too much! :-)
This place, the people, and the village of Paternopoli are much more than just "a place to stay"- They are family and friends that you find in a place where, as Piero said: "People are still willing to help." - For those of us who have travelled a lot in other parts of Italy, that means a lot!
My heart was very heavy upon leaving Paternopoli and Campania…I would have gladly stay a lifetime.
AND, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Cicio (Chicho - in English) - The wonderful and loyal dog who looks after the property. He is beautiful and gentle and extremely well-behaved. This dog won't come into the kitchen for scups even if you invite him! But he will guard the house all day and all night. He knows the boundaries of the property perfectly, and will not cross them even when you do to walk into town of the adjoining farms. I'll miss him almost as much as my new family!
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