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Roland & Liam (A - IRL)
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We visited Italy many times but never saw the “true” Italy until we came to “Il Gallo Rosso”. After each holiday we always felt like we needed another holiday. But a stay here and you know you were on a real dream. To sum “Il Gallo Rosso” up in two words… “a tonic”. Thanks again. And hopefully ye will win the world cup, even tough ye have a world cup here. Cheers guys and slainte.
Vincent & Marinus - (NL)
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It takes a bit of an effort to get to “Il Gallo Rosso”. But then: paradise was never easy to reach. “Lavanda” welcomed us with a beautifully arranged composition of fruit (Jam!) and a bottle of wine. The diner “plus” we were offered/invited to upon arrival was simply gorgeous and the wine a delight. Regretfully, fixed engagements left us but two days (out of five) to enjoy and admire this Garden Of Eden, with is superb views and peaceful atmosphere. We are grateful to our guests for making us feel at home in “Il Gallo Rosso” and we are sincere in expressing the intention to revisit this enchanted garden. It’ll be our pleasure to recommend it to friends and others.
Nicole & Mark - (USA)
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Ian, Paolo, Karl. Grazie for eight days of total bliss! You’ve made well-appointed “Lavanda” a comfy home base from which we relaxed, cooked and enjoyed Umbria’s bounteous food, wind and scenery. Max, Jack, Sam and Tommy were welcome guests. Meeting Shan was a wonderful bonus. But most important, thank you for the warm hospitality and generous spirit you extended us. Karl, we missed you, but thank you for the orienting, conversation and touring tips. Paolo your knowledge of the area is surpassed only by your kindness and limoncello recipe! And dear Ian, brilliant keeper of the house and gardens, we are so grateful for your helpful attentiveness and friendly chats. We loved your gifts of fresh eggs, herbs and delicious olive oil. And we recall our dinner of pizza, snails and much wine and limoncello as a trip highlight. Life is good al Il Gallo Rosso. We feel privileged to have visited your piece of heaven and look forward to a return stay. Take good care and much good fortune to each of you in the months and years to come.
Rod & Ruth - (CA)
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What a beautiful place! What a treat it was to return to ‘Il Gallo Rosso’ after Florence, Assisi, Pienza, Orvieto and other great places. No matter how exhausted we were, we looked forward to a bracing swim in the pool, then a simple meal with wine and a very good sleep. Ian, with the able assistance of Jack & Max, made for a truly, enjoyable relaxing week here. Best wishes.
Adam & Naomi - (AUS)
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What can you say. It’s not a B&B it’s a holiday from a holiday. Never have we experienced such genuine, generous, caring hosts. We will look back at “Il Gallo Rosso” with fond memories for many years to come. Thank you very much Ian & Karl for your effort, nothing has been taken for granted or gone ‘un-noticed’.
John & Andrew - (UK)
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The stuff of fairy tales: an Umbrian idyll, three Prince Charmings, four harmless monsters and an intense feeling or ‘happily ever after’. Like all the best stories all good things must come to The End and we are both looking forward to starting the story again in the very near future. With love to Italy and all, and a few manly tears. Arrivederci!
Joy & Valerie - (USA)
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Once upon a time in Umbria there were three fellows who bought a house and land in need of rescue. After some time and much hard work there emerged a slice of heaven here on earth.
Some would say by their demeanour and the care and comfort bestowed upon visitors that these three are angels – special guardians for all those who come to enjoy this lovely slice of heaven known as Il Gallo Rosso.
We are inclined to see them as angels. From the moment of our arrival we felt comforted, protected and nurtured. A cold drink after a long hot ride, good conversation, laughter and helpful hints along with a tour of this most peaceful Eden and we felt instantly at home.
“Famiglia” That is what you and the angels become here.
Ian: thank you for your cheer, for the beauty you have created to surround us all, for your easy going, always, caring manner and friendship.
Karl: Thank you for the shopping expedition, translations, gelato, for all the maps and travel tips and good companionship, kindness, laughter and gentleness.
Paolo: thank you for your quiet peaceful ways, your smile, for gently noticing anything needing a fix, for your wonderful conversation.
Max, Jack, Sam & Tommy: thanks boys for the love, the fun, the greetings, the wags.
To all: thank you for your friendship, very gracious hospitality and for providing us with this retreat that has nourished and nurtured our senses and given solace to our souls, our only regret is that we could not have lingered longer. But… there is always the next time!
Mario & Nicola - (I)
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Di ricette ‘Gallo Rosso’ ne esiste solo una… magari ci sono delle varianti da considerare come l’accompagnarsi del piatto con dell’ottima torta alle prugne di Karl. Vale però la pena soffermarsi su due aspetti non secondari per la degustazione di un piatto così ricco e gustoso. L’ambiente: va servito fresco e possibilmente nelle ore calde a bordo piscina, quando il sole picchia è veramente ristoratore. Il bis: nonostante la ricchezza di ingredienti e l’apporto energetico il ‘Gallo Rosso’ non può; essere assaporato veramente al primo assaggio: si consiglia di concentrarsi su di un particolare alla volta per comprendere veramente questo piatto fortunato. E’ quindi necessario almeno un bis, ma un tris forse è meglio… Ritorneremo.
Frederic & Jean-François - (F)
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Nous sommes les premiers à inaugurer le ‘French’ dans votre livre d’or. Merci de votre chaleureux accueil, plus particulièrement à notre charmante maitresse de maison si prévenant. Sans lui l’affaire ‘Air France’ n’aurait pas eu un coté aussi anecdotique. Il nous a permis à garder le sourire et rester zen, mais aussi ’frais’ quoiqu’il arrive. La surprise de la piscine fut un vrai délice. Merci à vous trois pour votre chaleur, bonne humeur et tendresse. Grace à votre sympathique attention le Gallo Rosso fut durant ce séjour un véritable enchantement. Nous retournerons à Paris non sans un pincement au coeur et une envie de rater l’avion.
Zoe & Sam - (AUS)
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Well, we may be the ‘baby chicks’ of the guest at Il Gallo Rosso but what a fabulous time we have had! After being constantly on the move for three weeks around Europe, getting here and having a chance to sleep-in, eat, drink, and laze by the pool was absolutely lovely. Absolutely always felt welcome and able to ask anything. Yes, particularly at four in the morning after being taken to a local street festival and demolishing Paolo’s home-made limoncello! Max, Jack and the cats napping in the apartment, the figs, and the inebriated wonderful “solving of the world problems”. Can’t wait to be back. Thank you so much.
Frederic & Marc - (F)
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Nous ne pouvons que répéter ce qui à été déjà écrit dans toutes les langues. Merci pour votre accueil, votre gentillesse, vos conseils et votre présence. Ce bout du monde de rêve nous a apporté calme et repos, tout ca à une heure des merveilles italiennes. Nous espérons que le traumatisme de la voiture passera rapidement! Nous repartons trop rapidement mais peut-être revoudrais nous. Merci encore vous 7. PS: la prochain fois ce sera dans la petite maison.
Andrea & Giulio (USA - I)
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We found this place on the internet a random search. We could not have been luckier, what a wonderful place to spend a week! Breathtaking scenery, it is truly the ultimate countryside experience in central Italy. We spent days by the pool, on the hammocks or travelling to Florence or Perugia. All of this topped by the warm hospitality of Ian, Karl, Paolo, Max and Jack. Thank you! We will recommend this place to all our friends.
Per molto tempo conserverò memoria del dolce orizzonte di queste verdi e azzurre valli; ondeggiando leggero sull’amaca ho lasciato che i tempo ancestrale di questi luoghi, colori, sapori mi si fissasse dentro gli occhi, dentro il cuore, dentro il respiro, nel mio corpo. Ne farò tesoro per i mesi che verranno e nei luoghi in cui sarò e sebbene lontano da qui, chiudendo gli occhi e fermando il tempo caotico della quotidianità, con un balzo felino della mia immaginazione sarà di nuovo in un istante qui con Ian, Karl, Paolo, Max e Jack. Grazie di cuore.
John & Shaun - (USA)
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Ian, where you to distil the essence of warmth and hospitality. Sell it, you’d be a millionaire several times over. Love the house and the setting, above all the garden. We look forward to seeing it all evolve over the years.
Mari & Michele - (USA)
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Who would have thought Eden would be a country house in Parrano, Umbria and the “God of kitchen & garden” to be an angel named Ian! We’ve fallen in love with Il Gallo Rosso, little Fabro, the dogs & cats and the whole of Umbria. We will be back to enjoy the house & pool again. Be afraid… be very afraid!
Winnifred & Christine - (AUS)
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We arrived in a snowy winter wonderland to Ian, Karl, Max and Jack waiting for us at the gate. Three days/nights of warm Gallo Rosso hospitality followed. Thank you Ian, Karl, Sam, Tommy, Max and Jack for the laughs, delicious food and instant friendships! We will spread the word!
Marinus - (NL)
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Il silenzio della casa e la gentilezza dei suoi padroni mi hanno offerto un’unica esperienza di studio e di meritato riposo. Chi vive nel centro di una città; trova qui, al Gallo Rosso, tutto ciò; che gli mancava in casa propria.
Raewyn - (AUS)
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Your hospitality and warmth have been overwhelming. I feel we have made lifetime friends. Il Gallo Rosso is a beautiful respite and the surrounding Umbria and Tuscany just filled our senses and soul. The only good thing about leaving is knowing I will return! Good luck & success. Thank you.
Selwyn & Don - (CA)
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We planed our trip to Italy many months ago with lots of research into places to stay. What a stroke of luck our initial booking at another country home fell through. I found Il Gallo Rosso after more web searching and we are delighted to have stayed with you. You have all been such great hosts. You made us feel so at home and we are quite sad to be leaving. Thank you!! We wish you lots of luck and success in the running Il Gallo Rosso and will certainly return to see you if we ever get back to Italy.
Richard & Bill - (CA)
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When the length of each day shortens and the days of winter are upon us, we will think on the wonderful time we had at Il Gallo Rosso in the late summer of 2004. In the blaze of the open fire with the snow swirling outside, we will ponder and reflect on the happy and warm days among the new friends we made. The hospitality shown to us was first class. Thanks guys. Good luck in all you do. May all your hopes and plans and dreams come true. Do keep in touch.
Mario & Nicola - (I)
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Piatto delicato, da gustare in ogni periodo dell’anno. Adatto per cene romantiche e serate in compagnia.
Ingredienti fondamentali per la buona riuscita del piatto: 200 gr di campagna umbra; 150 gr di arte; 150 gr di tranquillità;.
Mescolate il tutto con fantasia australiana e lasciate marinare. Aggiungete romanticismo tedesco e chiacchiere trentine, fino ad ottenere un impasto uniforme ed infornate a temperatura variabile (a seconda della stagione) per il tempo che volete. Servite accompagnando il tutto con insalata di Max, Jack, Sam e Tommy. Si consigliano vini locali.
Deb & Rosanna - (USA)
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Thanks to all of you for making us feel like family stopping by for holiday. Your patience, hospitality and skill made our trip particularly wonderful. You made us appreciate Umbria as the special place it is. The kindness in this house extends right down to “the boys”.
Peter & Sean - (AUS)
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Thank you boys for your friendship and impeccable hospitality. We both felt totally relaxed and at home here al Gallo Rosso. We look forward to continuing our friendship when you return down under and hope we can return everything you have offered us. Lots of love.
Tom & Michael - (UK)
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As up the white dirt road we drove, / a wonderous vision in our sight hove, / a beautiful house, glorious garden, / and wild landscape which begged no pardon.
Greeted by gentle Max and Jack, / we realised there was no honing back, / and soon we encountered Tommy and Sam / we didn’t get to meet the lamb!
In our six perfect days we’ve made / new friends who’ve passed this way and stayed. / Belinda, Giacomo and Rita / whose welcome could have not been sweeter.
Then Brian, who told us the story / of La Scarzuola in all its glory: / the church, the gardens, theatres, folly / (was Buzzi slightly off his trolley?)
We visited Umbrian towns and cities, / found animals, birds and other pretties, / as Primavera rose from slumber, / turning vivid green what was burnt umber.
But best of all, we’ve had the pleasure / of new-forged friendships, which we’ll treasure. / With Paolo, his presence all too fleeting / and Karl, whose mastery of treating / guests with generosity and caring, / is matched by all his knowledge-sharing. / We came to him for information, / an he gave more than expectation.
Then Ian, masterchef and host / whose to-die-for cooking was the most / fabulous adventure for the diner, / whose repartee could not be finer, / and who works so hard to make our stay / delightful, delicious in every way.
So, for those who O’er the internet wonder / and click Apartment Lavanda / we heartily recommend Il Gallo Rosso / and for those who don’t, it is their loss. oh!
Milton & Robert - (USA)
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We had a wonderful time at Il gallo rosso! We had been traveling from town to town for 2 weeks and arrived at this most tranquil, scenic and welcoming guest house. There is something magical about this place. The spacious rooms were so engaging with 2 sets of double doors wandering out into the garden on the one side and a rolling meadow on the other. When we opened our sitting area windows we had a spectactular view of sheep grazing in the meadow with a castle in the distant horizon. The place and it's hosts create a sense of ease, beauty and comfort that you don't want to leave. Our accomodations were so pleasing, comfortable and extremely clean. The full kitchen and breakfast area was perfect for snacks and wine prior to a delicious meal prepared (and shared) by our hosts who are able to make us feel right at home while also giving us our privacy. We felt like we were truely at a special place. The time we spent at Il gallo rosso is something I will remember all my life and look forward to a return visit.
Aideen & Karen - (IRL)
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We stayed at this charming farmhouse in August 2003. Our host Ian was delightful & his kind hospitality was very well received (he cooks a mean Ragu!). A very special effort was made to make us feel comfortable & welcome & we sure got to experience life as a local - the most amusing was following a few large glasses of vino, dancing around the square at midnight with the locals of Montegiove at their annual festival - believe they are still recovering!! If you are visiting Umbria - Il Gallo Rosso is a must. See you next year.
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