04.09.2012 23:00

Testimonials from Homelidays members

Date Overall Name Member Country
28/08/2012 5/5 Mrs. CATHERINE K. 6313676 United Kingdom
30/07/2012 5/5 Mrs. Massiel D. 6505662 Belgium
20/06/2012 5/5 Mr. stefania c. 4681971 Italy
22/05/2012 5/5 Mr. Bart v. 6986950 The Netherlands
08/05/2012 5/5 Mr. cathy n. 3047508 France
15/04/2012 5/5 Mr. Hyacinth H. 3112644 Germany
08/11/2011 5/5 Mrs. Rayna S. 6241355 Bulgaria
28/09/2011 5/5 Mr. Jürgen H. 6306561 Germany
16/09/2011 5/5 Mrs. Sandra M. 4835667 Germany
15/09/2011 5/5 Miss Sarah M. 137045 United Kingdom
24/08/2011 5/5 Mrs. Agnes B. 6031955 The Netherlands
Overall mark given by the renter:  5/5

"There were 8 in our party and we used two of the apartments.Both apartments were clean,spacious and well equipped.The owner Mauro and his staff were all very kind,generous and helpful.They gave us lots of information that helped us to have a brilliant holiday.The children loved the animals and enjoyed feeding Miss Piggy and her friends!The pool and sauna facilities were excellent and the views and surrounding areas were spectacular and we found it a very calm,peaceful place.The location was excellent,close to shops,bars,restaurants and railway station.The pizza nights held by Mauro were brilliant,excellent food prepared by Mauro and his staff and a great opportunity to meet the other guests who come from all over the world.We would love to return one day and hope when we do Mauro has opened his own restaurant there!"

Date  28/08/2012  - Mrs. CATHERINE K. - Member n°6313676 (United Kingdom)
Overall mark given by the renter:  5/5

"super onthaal - zeer mooie gerestaureerd huisje - gastheer zorgt voor leuke animatie - tocht met paard, jeep, zelf gebakken pizza."

Date  30/07/2012  - Mrs. Massiel D. - Member n°6505662 (Belgium)
Overall mark given by the renter:  5/5

Ho trascorso una settimana in compagnia di mia mamma, dei miei 2 figli e delle mie 2 nipotine. Non potevamo fare una scelta migliore. E’ stata una vacanza meravigliosa, abbiamo visitato posti incantevoli e soggiornato in alloggi confortevoli e spaziosi (app.to Stalla e stanza Chica). I bambini hanno potuto vivere all’aria aperta tutto il giorno senza alcun tipo di rischio, e hanno avuto modo di divertirsi stando a contatto con gli animali. Mauro ha saputo mantenere vivo il loro entusiasmo e la loro curiosità per tutto il periodo in cui abbiamo soggiornato. E’ sicuramente una realtà diversa da quella in cui siamo abituati a vivere, ma è un mondo di cui sentiamo già nostalgia e in cui vorremmo tornare il prima possibile.

Date  20/06/2012  - Mr. stefania c. - Member n°4681971 (Italy)
Overall mark given by the renter:  5/5

Wij hebben een schitterende vakantie gehad in dit appartement. Het is perfect uitgerust met een goede keuken, nette badkamer en goede bedden. Daarnaast is het landgoed erg mooi met een zwembad, grote ligweide en dieren. De omgeving is schitterend en mooi gelegen in de bergen op 15 minuten van de snelweg. Goed om te weten is dat je vanaf het station (15 minuten rijden) heel gemakkelijk met de trein naar Bologna en Firenze kan rijzen. Dit scheelt je een hoop parkeergedoe in de stad. Het leuke contact met de eigenaar Mauro maakte het voor ons extra leuke vakantie. Mauro runt op creatieve en idealistische wijze dit Argiturismo, maar als gast kun je zeker wel genieten van alle comfort en luxe!

Date  22/05/2012  - Mr. Bart v. - Member n°6986950 (The Netherlands)
Overall mark given by the renter:  5/5

Un lieu magnifique et ressourçant, un gîte beau et fonctionnel, un propriétaire très accueillant, tout cela a fait de notre séjour un moment que nous n'oublierons pas. Era la dolce vita! Grazie ancora.

Date  08/05/2012  - Mr. cathy n. - Member n°3047508 (France)
Overall mark given by the renter:  5/5

"Not only is Mauro’s haven near San Benedetto Val di Sambro a veritable find, but so is the man, himself. His hospitality, generosity, and warmth are exceptional. He speaks fluent English and German, is full of interesting anecdotes, a myriad of life experiences and willing to debate and exchange opinions. Mauro communicates openly and honestly with his guests, making them feel at home from the first moment. He also gave us the opportunity to sample his delicious homemade bread, pasta, cheese, honey, elderberry syrup to name just some of the delicacies he creates. Our “couchsurfing” host is determined to make his small “agriturismo” environmentally sustainable and become completely self sufficient. I have no qualms that someday, he will indeed achieve this. We stayed in the “Fienile, one of the beautifully restored apartments in the stone house. It is a charming , simply yet tastefully furnished , functional, and cosy apartment for 4-6 individuals. From every single window, one can enjoy splendid views, and the large terrace overlooking the forest and hillside is ideal for relaxing or having meals outdoors. Our children loved visiting/feeding the animals with Mauro. The swing hanging from a branch of one of the large trees at the side of the house also proved a recreational magnet. Although the weather during our visit last week was not conducive to swimming , I can imagine that the pool on the property, available to guests, serves as a welcome amenity during hot summer days. Having had a sauna in the small, well equipped finnish sauna near the pool on one of the cooler evenings, I can vouch for its soothing, therapeutic qualities. An alternative to cooling down in the cold shower in between sessions is a dive into the pool (10 degrees at this time of the year) for the brave of heart! In the nearby vicinity, there are numerous small villages, with churches, meandering alleys and interesting market squares worth exploring as well as tranquil, varied walking trails for the experienced or inexperienced hiker which take you off the beaten track over streams, along rock paths, past old mills, abandoned houses etc. . One cannot ask for a more idyllic setting and for us it was the perfect compromise - rural serenity yet close enough to the unique cultural centres to which the area owes its reputation. For culture vultures, Bologna, Florence, Ferrara as well as other Tuscan towns are all within commutable/driving distance. We took the train to Bologna twice (30 euros round trip for 3 full and one half fares ) and Florence, once –needless to say these are beautiful, culturally/historically rich cities with a wealth to discover. Our trip to Italy, San Benedetto and Mauro’s “agriturismo” was memorable. Our only regret is that our sojourn was so short. We hope to return sometime soon for more stories, and rich experiences a la mauro. Thank you for everything, Mauro and good luck with your endeavours!!! This holiday accommodation definitely deserves a 6 out of 5! "

Date  15/04/2012  - Mr. Hyacinth H. - Member n°3112644 (Germany)
Overall mark given by the renter:  5/5

"The place is beautiful, perfect location - we visited Bologna, Florence, Siena. The house is nice and comfortable. Our stay was pleasant, but very short."

Date  08/11/2011  - Mrs. Rayna S. - Member n°6241355 (Bulgaria)
Overall mark given by the renter:  5/5

All perfect!!! We had so many visits in italy but now we can say: We arrived (like at home).

Date  28/09/2011  - Mr. Jürgen H. - Member n°6306561 (Germany)
Overall mark given by the renter:  5/5

"Wir waren 2 Wochen von August bis Anfang September 2011. Sehr schöne Wohnungen mit toller Ausstattung, tolle ruhige Lage mit schöner Landschaft, super Pool mit Salzwasser (so gut wie kein Chlor) und vielen Tieren (nicht nur für die Kinder). Mauro ist ein sehr sympathischer und engagierter Vermieter, der die Wohnungen und das Gelände mit viel Liebe für''s Detail angelegt und ausgestattet hat. Die gemeinsamen Abende mit Mauro und den anderen Gästen inklusive italienischen Besuchern aus San Bernedetto waren ein zusätzliches Highlight. Und beim Gedanken an die selbstgemachte Pizza aus Mauro''s selbstgebautem Freiluft-Holzofen möchte man in Deutschland keine Pizza mehr vom "Italiener". :) Um die Wohnungen gibt es einiges zu entdecken, langweilig wird es hier nicht so schnell. Wir kommen gerne wieder und geben 6 von 5 Sternen!"

Date  16/09/2011  - Mrs. Sandra M. - Member n°4835667 (Germany)
Overall mark given by the renter:  5/5

"I wish I could give this property 6/5! We stayed in two out of the three apartments (one in one week, one in the next), all of them contained in a beautifully-renovated stone house in an amazing rural setting with views out on all sides over the hills and forests. Fabulous sunsets. The first apartment (the one with the arched windows in the photographs) has two spacious and airy bedrooms with double beds, together with a smart shower-room, a large kitchen/dining area and a balcony. The second apartment (one large double bedroom and a big sofabed) is on the ground floor below, and has doors leading directly from the rooms out onto the stone-paved terrace at the front of the house, as well as the vine-covered pergola to the side. The beds were really comfortable, and the kitchens well-equipped. The farm is set along a rural track, not far from the road but with no passing traffic (unless you count horse-riders!) Mauro has done a great job restoring the building, which has terracotta floors and wooden beams but also all mod cons - including wi-fi. Each apartment has its own outdoor eating area with furniture (as well as good garden lighting), and there's lots of space in the garden/meadow around the pool in which to stretch out beneath the many fruit trees, or in the sun. The pool is about 5' deep throughout, great for a proper swim and kids can just jump in. It also has a paddling pool beside it which is ideal for families with babies or toddlers. The property is part of a small farm, where Mauro keeps a few chickens, rabbits, sheep, goats, cows - our neighbours' children loved seeing the animals and exploring the farm, which is small enough that they could go off together while their parents relaxed in the garden. It really is an ideal place for a family holiday but also for couples or friends who want to be near, but not in, the major cities of central Italy. And the location is ideal if you want a holiday out in the countryside but don't want to be completely cut-off because it's only about 10 minutes' walk from San Benedetto, a small hill town with a good supermarket (Crai: open 9-1 and 4-7.30, closed all day Thursday and Sunday afternoon I think - there's also the ECU about five minutes' drive away, open similar hours but closed all day Monday instead). The town has a couple of bars (one of which has gelati), a newsagent, cashpoint, pharmacist - and the Osteria/Pizzeria Lo Stuzzichino which has really good food at good prices (if you go on Friday/Saturday, they also have a special menu of fish dishes). The property is about 35 minutes' drive from Bologna, and about 45 minutes from Florence, but there's also a train station 8km away where you can park for free and get the train to both cities in about the same time for roughly €8 return. But what really made our holiday special was getting to know Mauro, who is just fantastic. His English is excellent (as is his German), and he's a really interesting guy from Florence who left a career in textile design (I think that's right!) to establish this place. Both he and his family were immediately welcoming and friendly. They live in an amazing wooden house on the farm, and Mauro is an incredibly creative, generous person who offered us wine, honey, fruit and vegetables from the farm. He held a couple of evening get-togethers which meant we made friends with our neighbours over drinks. Thank you, Thomas and Sandra, for speaking such very good English! "

Date  15/09/2011  - Miss Sarah M. - Member n°137045 (United Kingdom)
Overall mark given by the renter:  5/5

"Prachtige plek, rustig, goede voorzinningen, mooi uitzicht, netjes onderhouden, vriendelijke eigenaar"

Date  24/08/2011  - Mrs. Agnes B. - Member n°6031955 (The Netherlands)


Airbnb testimonials


  • Wish there could be more stars for the rating!! My friends and I had the best time staying at Mauro's old stone house :D He was a wonderful host, the place was beyond perfect! Worried to say more because then he's going to get soo busy and I won't have a place to stay in future :p But really, stay here, you're missing out BIG time if you don't!!

    June 2012
  • Thank you for your hosting. We liked to stay at your place very much. And we will recommend it! Thank you for letting us to use your sauna and swimingpool. The best place were to stay when the weather is amazing. Mauro is great person and host. Wish you all the best, and everyone - go to this place when you travel!



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