We stayed in this wonderful old olive mill several days together with our family including 3 kids. So we had both flats on the 1st floor which are connected by a door. So it was just one big flat then with 2 bathrooms, two kitchens and 6 bedrooms in total. We used just 5 bedrooms. The whole house is nicely decorated with old furniture/antique furniture in good condition besides modern aspects, especially wifi, TV with obviously every available channel of the world, and for sure a well equipped kitchen including dishwasher. Everything was clean and the whole house and every room is very cosy. We didn't use the very big garden behind the house due to the bad weather we had in November. But in summer it must just be wonderful to have a BBQ on the terrace.
The service is also very good. The owner explained us everything regarding the old house and how the oil was produced. There are many historical parts of the old oil production system still visible. That makes this house and especially the flat "LA Macine" a very particular and authentic place. We got also many recommendations for what we can do and visit around.
Thanks for the amazing stay and your support in our situation. Hope we come back one day.
Important: This review concerns the apartment: CASALE FRANTOIO INGOLOTTI (one of three apartments).
This country house is in fact a very cozy country house. With nice facilities, a very nice and original decor and a lovely private garden.
The reason for only awarding two stars is the following: The apartment does not live up to the description on the Casale Amati website:
Exerpt from the website (as of July 14, 2016): "100 square meters. Downstairs: living room with two sofa beds, bathroom with ancient marble sink, carefully restored, dressing area."
In reality, "downstairs" is just a dark hall with a smell of moist basement. There is no second bathroom. There is no living room. There are no sofa beds. Subtract 40 square meters from the 100 square meters!
Also a "panoramic" waterfall is mentioned. In reality this "waterfall" is just a noisy cascade of water from a small creek close to the entry hall.
The road runs approximately 30-40 cm's from the house facade - making it impossible to open the windows in the two bedrooms, if you are just a bit noise sensitive.
WIFI was working on/off, but the modem/router had clearly been hacked/infected, and the internet connection was insecure.
TV was not working. Not that we were there to watch TV - but we missed the UEFA Euro 2016 final.
To sum up: This IS a very special and nice house. But due to the wrong description and the useless basement - we award it only two stars.
A perfect place to stay in with your family and/or friends. From the outside the old olive-oil mill may not look like much but inside you realize that you have stepped into a castle. It is a grand old place with parts of the mill still showing it one of the two great kitchens. There are plenty of rooms to choose from, the upper rooms with AC and down below cool enough for a hot summer. The garden is very pretty, with gold-fish in the dam, plenty of room to relax. The house is situated in the foothills of the mountains, but not far from the sea. There is plenty to do in the area and I cannot enough stress that you need to see this place and realize you will want to come back. The hostess is very pleasant and helpful, a very nice encounter.
We spent wonderful holidays in this beautifully restored very old oil mill. We loved all the wonderful details and we found it great to have the old mill directly in the living room. There is enough space for 5 persons, all the necessary equipment is at your hand. What is really special is the fantastic garden. We enjoyed sitting there in the evenings. ((Be careful, there are midges!) The owner is very nice and helpful and gave us many hints which sights (including those you cannot find in a guide book) are worth seeing. Altogether it is absolutely worth spending your holidays there.
Beate and Horst Piehler, Ute and Stefan Gläßer