I have mixed feelings about this Agriturismo. The rooms are spacious, clean and well-equipped, the ones on the top floor have a fantastic and large terrace with a superb view and even an outdoor shower if you want to freshen up between sun-tanning sessions. The bed was (for me) too hard and gave me a back-ache every morning, and the hot water in the shower was very inconsistent (hot when not used elsewhere, warm if also used elsewhere). The grounds are beautiful, the lemon groves are a delight and (this is my favourite part), at night the garden is FILLED with fireflies which are absolutely marvelous! The family who owns the place are reasonably nice ; they became friendlier as the days went by, whereas their first impact was not so welcoming. I especially liked the young son who is also the main cook. They were tolerant of my dog, although I had all my meals on the terrace even when it was cold since it was clear that the dog was not welcome inside the restaurant (but he was welcome in the room).
The things I didn't like have also been mentioned by other reviewers : The main activity of this AGriturismo is clearly their restaurant, and they seem to host alot of large events (this I think happens frequently) as well as cater to locals on the weekend. The result is that, when the events are scheduled, the live-in guests become "secondary" clients, partially because the garden is filled with screaming children and loud music until the event ends, partially because by the time the event's over the staff is so tired they barely notice you. Every night the staff ate dinner at 8:00/8:30, so by the time they were done guests were served by 9:30/45 which, after being out all day was LATE. The food (I had the "half board" option) was surprisingly bland for a well-known eatery. The first night I had a choice between two courses, the second nights I was just served whatever was easiest (for them) and none of it was very memorable. Other "faults" : the internet did not work, they said it was because of the thick walls but this is easy to fix by installing multiple antennas. I think they do not consider it a priority. I agree with the comment about how badly the farm animals were kept ; literally cooped up in cages where they could not move, the rabbits in tiny pens stacked on top of one another - in other words, nothing humane about their farming techniques.
So all in all, it was OK. Nice premises, medium level management. A WORD OF CAUTION : within 10 minutes of my arriving the head waiter suggested I MUST see Capri, and promptly recommended a private boat ride with a specific company. Having lived in Italy a long time, I was suspicious of his enthusiasm. Indeed, the next day and by total coincidence the same trip was offered to me - at the local Tourist Office - for 20% cheaper. Additionally, the boating company in question was reported as having 3 boats, whereas in truth they only had one... the other two presumably belong to some unnamed, unauthorized people. On my second night the waiter offered the same trip to a german couple, who later told me they had accepted, obviously paying the higher rate. Personally I don't think a reputable hotel/B&B should allow their staff to wheel and deal so blatantly ; it makes the whole venture somehow questionable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Podere Don Peppe 1884" is a farm house located in the green heart of the Sorrento Costiera, immersed into the beauty of nature, between lemon trees and flowers. The farm has four beautifully designed rooms that can be booked at a very affordable price. A/C, TV Sat, private bath are available. A very tastefull cuisine is available at the in house restaurant. Pompei, Capri, Positano and the Amalfi coast are easily reachable. Reservation is recommended. We are looking forward to welcome you and provide our finest service. ... more less
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