Villa Pardi “Il Giardino dei Ciliegi” is located in the small town of Manoppello in the Abruzzo region, 257 m above sea level, where an interesting church of the 13th century dedicated to Saint Nicholas is perched and traditional workshops manufacturing iron and copper can still to be found; in the same area rises the Sanctuary of the Holy Face, whose name is due to a veil bearing the imprint of the face of Jesus that is kept there. Other attractions are the nearby limestone caves of Passo Lanciano, the nature reserves in the Orta and Ofanto Valleys, and the rocks that attract free climbers.
Villa Pardi “Il Giardino dei Ciliegi” is an “albergo diffuso”, a hotel that comprises three buildings: a small country house built in the second half of the 18th century where the Pardi family, known in Abruzzo, resided in the summer months; a farmhouse, probably contemporary with, or perhaps even older than, the country house; and a dwelling built on the site of the ancient Manoppello ice house which was erected in 1947, together with the new wing of the country house, by Grand Officer Manlio Pardi, who was the current owner Emanuele’s grandfather. Manlio Pardi trained as a solicitor and from those years until the 1970s headed a tobacco company that dealt with its cultivation and manufacture and employed about 50 people. Emanuele reminisces about his parents’ decision to restore the three buildings in 2000 and transform them into farm holiday units: “The name “Il Giardino dei Ciliegi” was a tribute to The Cherry Orchard play by Chekhov and to my beautiful grandmother, Princess Kety Mkheidzè, who fled her beloved Georgia when the Red Army took over. She used to say that this place reminded her of the haunting beauty of her country’s hills.”
More recently the property has been converted into an “albergo diffuso” cum restaurant.
The farm extends over more than 100 hectares of vineyards and olive groves, and is dominated by the arcades that punctuate the facade of Villa Pardi, which also overlooks the field where the lambs and chickens are bred, and the outdoor swimming pool. The spacious rooms each share the unimpeded vista of the Abruzzo hills; they are furnished in the Arte Povera style and with antiques, and decorated with delicate colours on the walls.