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Sssst don’t tell anyone any further but just book this beautiful spot! Authenthic piece of Italy without any tourists and beautiful small villages (Belvedére hystorical centre looks like a romantic moviesetting). Giuseppe is full of ideas of restaurants and places to visit. National park near Orsomarso is a nice one. Rental car in this area is a must. House has a private pool which makes it very luxuous. Even with a small kid of 1,5 it makes it a wonderful place to visit. So don’t tell anyone, just go there!
Our time was amazing and memorable at “La Querciaia”. Massimiliano is an amazing host who is very thoughtful and generous, and goes above and beyond to make you feel comfortable and at home. To our surprise we were welcomed with a delicious homemade cake. Massimiliano introduced us to the delights of local buffalo mozzarella cheese, fresh lemons from his trees on the property and local Calabria wine.
The property is very clean and provides everything you could need. It has three good size bedrooms upstairs with amazing views of mountains and an old castle. The main floor provides ample room for dining, playing board games, and spending time together. The kitchen is fully furnished, clean and functional. All your cooking essentials were provided such as salt, sugar, spices, oil, coffee, etc. We loved the espresso coffee machine and the dishwasher! The wash machine and outdoor drying rack was appreciated with a young family.
Outside is where we spent most of our time. It is set-up beautifully to relax and enjoy the surroundings. We loved the outdoor pool, ping pong and foosball table. Two different outdoor dining areas, BBQ, and a lovely covered sitting area – great spot to enjoy wine, Caprese Antipasto with fresh bread while taking in the beautiful scenery!
Santa Maria del Cedro is a short jaunt to the beach (beach toys are provided) and town for supplies. A car is definitely needed for this area of Italy – my husband drove and it was a breeze compared to the Sorrento/Amalfi coast area. Santa Maria del Cedro is an ideal location to explore Calabria; with Maratea & Sapri to the north or Dimante or Paola to the south. Massimiliano provided great advice on where to shop, things to see and do with young children. The children adored his friendly dog “Clay” who was always happy to greet us!
We were very sad to say goodbye and highly recommend La Querciaia for a family or 2-3 couples. Massimiliano went above and beyond when our daughter left behind a pair of earrings and he mailed them to us!
Thank you Massimiliano & Clay for an amazing week!!