You will stay in a farmhouse renovated sympathetically by Carmine in 2003 which now provides very comfortable accommodation for all guests. The farmhouse, dating from 1885, is almost 3000 feet above sea level and is situated on the edge of a wood and overlooking a beautiful valley. The house is not large but very comfortable. The living room has a large fireplace and is a wonderful place to sit and discuss the day.
There are three guest rooms both furnished simply and authentically. Two rooms are for two guests and the other comfortably accommodates six guests. There are two bathrooms with all modern conveniences (bathrooms are in a building just across the path). There is a large kitchen in which Carmine cooks the most amazing meals which may be eaten around the large table or out on the terrace.
During the trails you stay in small hotels, simple guesthouses or in the mountain lodge. The latter is very basic (no electricity!) but peaceful and a lovely stop off point during trails. They provide clean sleeping bags and towels for the nights at the mountain lodge and small saddlebags with a water bottle. On the trail rides single rooms are available on some nights for 20 EUR / night. The supplement is payable locally to the riding center. Please note there is no wifi at the farmhouse or most of the hotels. It is not possible to use the computer at the farmhouse.
Breakfast is continental and can be eaten on the terrace or in the kitchen. The food here is wonderful with great care being taken to provide local specialities cooked with fresh ingredients. Vegetarians and those with special diets can be catered for with prior notice. Carmine used to own a restaurant and this is apparent from the wonderful recipes he shares with his guests. Expect a lot of delicious pasta, salads, cheese and bread. You will also taste the juiciest, sweetest tomatoes with fresh mozzarella, tasty salami and other delights like tiramisu and fresh peaches. Lunchtime often consists of salami, cheese and bread for a picnic style lunch, accompanied by a glass of crisp white wine. The food tends to be simple but very tasty, with meals comprising of just a few fresh ingredients. Wines and beers are included with lunches and dinners. All other drinks must be paid for unless the hosts arrange a 'fuondo casa' which is like a kitty. A share of this is usually about €35-45 for the trail weeks and covers extra drinks, ice creams etc.
You will never go hungry here!