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My first experience ever of the ranch Crete Gialle (Via Parasacchi 4, Cervaro (FR), Italy) was years ago. It was a cold, wintery night. We had found this very nice farm house on the net as we wanted to spend the New Years eve in Italy. Of course, us being us, we got lost in what looked at night like a countryside labyrinth. Lights in the distance guided us to the restaurant and clubhouse. It was warm and cozy. Inside the warmth from the fireplace lured us in, paired with the most delicious scents ever coming from the kitchen. It was love at first smell… sight! Sight! I meant to say sight!
The building where the guest rooms are was an old barn. They have 3 rooms. One is cozy and makes you feel like being in a very ancient cave (for the romantic couples), another one is for 2-3 people and it has a really country feel, while the other can accomodate up to 5 people. It’s really what feels like a little private two story house with two bathrooms and wooden floors. A few steps away there’s a beautiful lawn. In the Summer there are couches there so you can drink your coffee or have a little snack relaxing in the sun. When it’s colder Patrizia decorates the small trees with tiny candles hanging from white ribbons and fireflies make this place absolutely magic.
The Crete Gialle restaurant looks like a ranch. Wood everywhere, saddles, a cozy fireplace, the chance to eat in the Summer on a platform overlooking the valley, there’s even an old buggy outside! They cook delicious food: you don’t feel at a restaurant, but at grandma’s house. Breakfast treats you with homemade cakes with fresh fruit, or pies, freshly baked cookies, pastries, homemade jam, cappuccino, juice and coffee. Anything you need to start a brand new day in the countryside! We experienced lunch in the house and outside, as some kind of cowboy camping in the fields not far from the stables. Their most ordered and most amazing dish is a huge Chianina steak served on a burning hot soapstone warmed up in the oven for hours. They serve it with crunchy rosemary potatoes or fresh mushrooms, or, when the season is right, with arugula and salt. Every foodie in love with Italian food should eat here. So I’ll let a few pictures show it for me. They can cook also pizza and focaccia into a wooden oven!
Here you can’t see any building aside from the stables and the covered paddock. An amazing valley full of flowers, olive trees and scented herbs welcomes the riders who book a session with Fernando. They don’t have many horses but all of them are members of the family. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone as in love with them as Fernando L’Arco. He is a certified Fitrec Ante trainer and guide who often guides small groups of enthusiasts on trips (even week-long ones!) around Italy… of course on horseback! Fernando also guides the horseback trip on the Gustav Line.