Friday, April 28, 2006

HEAVENLY HOSTS - PART 2 OF 3


HEAVENLY HOSTS- from Yorkshire Evening Post – Alison Bellamy

"A little bridge leads you over a garden stream to the front door, right into the open arms of our hosts John and Liliana Tunstill. I will never forget their warm welcome, delightful conversation and good food. You can join them and other guests for dinner, eat alone or even head for a nearby restaurant if you prefer. There is a good Italian pizza restaurant 10 minute’s walk away and nearby towns and villages are brimming with everything from traditional eateries to trendy cocktail bars around lively bustling squares. The weather was fantastic with brilliant sunshine flooding the outdoor terrace as we enjoyed fabulous food and fine living. The country house is set in fifty acres of glorious farmland. Wonderful country walks are available in every direction. We borrowed bicycles and went off into unknown territory for an adventure. We cycled to a nearby sheep cheese farm, where the framer and his wife showed us how they make their produce. Even though they spoke no English, we managed to communicate, have a giggle and ended up living with huge chunks of cheese under our arms. I only wish we could have carried more back home with us. It was the nicest cheese we ever tasted, and when enjoyed with local wine, bread and juicy red tomatoes, it was the perfect Italian treat.
It was wonderful to stay in the middle of the Italian countryside and really feel close to nature, if you know what I mean. The bedrooms at La Preghiera are simply breathtaking. They feature restored roof beams, terracotta tiled floors, marble bathrooms, shuttered windows and luxurious white silk and cotton sheets and white waffle dressing gowns and slippers supplied. In fact, I would have been quite happy hibernating in the room for a few days."