We found Maso Pomarolli by chance while browsing the internet for a place out of the way to stop for a couple of nights while in Trentino. If there is one major drawback to Maso Pomarolli, it must be their website: it does not do it any justice. At the time of booking, all we cared about was room availability and location. We were not prepared to find a delightful b&b blessed with awesome position high up the valley among vineyards and apple orchards, and perfectly run by the two Franch brothers and their respective wives and offsprings.
Our stay began with a welcome snack of unfiltered apple juice and delicious homemade cookies made by Mr. Franch's wife, which we savoured while they gave us an overview of the many local attractions. We got talking about the weather, wines, grapes, apples..It was a pleasure to listen to them talk with such passion and knowledge. We were also given a few tips on sights and places that are usually off-the-beaten path, which we promptly took.
Our room was spotless and comfortable, just like the rest of the structure. Our windows framed a great view of the whole Val di Cembra and the snowy peaks beyond, spectacular in the early lights of dawn and quite romantic at sunset.
Dinner was another high point: served at a long communal table where guests could mingle and have some amiable conversation while filling up on a very good authentic dinner, prepared by Mrs. Franch. The great majority of the dishes on the table were from the farm-house itself: from the freshly made bread to some pretty unusual but excellent grappa.
The next morning we met the friendly, helpful and polite Mr. Gianni Franch and his wife, who were our hosts through breakfast. This was again an abundant meal and featured cookies and jams made by the Mrs. Franchs, among a ton of other things. No wonder this place has been recommended by Michelin guides 5 years in a row! (as we found out later..)
We're looking forward to going back to Maso Pomarolli to spend a few days this coming Fall.
It's not everyday that one finds a home away from home..
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