Detached three-bedroomed house, on an agritourist estate, not far from sea, lovely spot, amazing food. Michael loves Il Casale as a great base for exploring.
Il Casale is an agritourist property, run by the delightful Federico, his wife Maria-Antonietta, his sister Clotilde and her husband, Umberto, and it is a real family affair. Surrounded by the farm and woods, which are home to wild boar, falcons and countless other wildlife, the imposing 19th century farmhouse is down a long track, through 7,000 olive trees. It is equal distance from the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas and, in an elevated position, its grounds have views towards the sea, in the distance. Huge palms line the front of the house, where shaded seating areas enjoy fabulous views of the valley and the olive groves, which stretch almost as far as the eye can see. Well-kept lawns surround the house and an inviting pool lies behind it, on a sunny terrace. There is also an ancient chapel.
Approximately 500m from the main farmhouse, Antica Casa is in a superb, tranquil spot, with views as far as Stromboli, on a clear day. Incredibly spacious, it has three bedrooms and even an extra loo, in the old tower!
Even though this is for guests, who want to cater for themselves, be warned, it is difficult to resist the fantastic food served back at the farmhouse. It is delicious, authentically Calabrian, based on traditional dishes, using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Eat here once and you'll want to dine every night - we did. Every year, the farm produces 50,000 litres of an exceptional olive oil and much-prized very special olives from just half its trees. With recipes featured in the book of Matthew Fort, that famous English Vespa-riding food writer and critic, you certainly have a treat in store. Locals also appreciate the cuisine and they often pour in for Sunday lunch especially, creating a really lively atmosphere.