This being our fifth trip to Italy we decided on a holiday in the country. We stumbled upon Bella Valone and fell in love with the cottage and the surrouinding countryside. We arrived at the cottage with our two young girls and were greeted by Karen, the lovely and friendy proprieter. The immaculate cottage was fully stocked including crisp and clean linens, feathered pillows, food essential and a cold bottle of prosseco. The views were spectacular, the cottage was tasetfully decorated and comfortable for a family of four.
We spent our days exploring the Adriatic's fantastic beaches and stuffing our faces with some of the best seafood we have ever had at the waterfront tratorias. We would spend a few hours back at the cottage sitting outside, enjoying the views, the sunsets, drinking wine (the local whites were fantastic and cheap) and planning our meals. We visited several of the local restaurants and agriturisimos and highly recommend San Fabiano and Agra Mater (a bit overpriced but still very good). After dinner, we would visit one of the numerous fortified hilltop towns and buy gellato for our girls.
karen did a fantastic job of keeping up the property and making us feel welcome. She went above and beyond. Shedelivered little presents to each of our girls and let me tag along on a morning walk.
The cottage was surrounded by sunflower fields, fruit trees (which we helped ourselves to) and olive groves. It was nice to be so far removed from our busy lives in the middle of this fantastic spot.
If you are planning on visiting be sure to bring a GPS as the roads are typically Italian (meaning that they are like a twirling bowl of spaghetti). The coast is an hours drive away and the hilltop towns are within 10-15 minutes in either direction. I would suggets that Bella Valone install a larger and more permanent sign on the main roadway. A pool would have made this stay perfect (we would never have left).
We cannot say enough good things about Bella Valone. A fantastic cottage located in a somewhat undiscovered part of Italy. Loved it. …