Piazza XIII comuni, 32, 37021 Valdiporro, Verona
Dear Ginger Nuts of Horror Reader,
As a regular visitor to the Ginger Nuts of Horror website, you likely have an independent streak.
You prefer to get off the beaten track. Try new things. Seek out new experiences and tell others about them.
But, if you’re like most people I meet, you probably don’t get to relax as much as you’d like.
I mean REALLY relax.
Think about it.
Wouldn’t you like to turn off your mobile phone more often? Or stop checking your messages first thing after you wake up? (Checking during breakfast still counts.)
Wouldn’t you like to take some time for yourself?
To bask in the glory of doing exactly what you want to do for a change?
Maybe even… to lose track of time. At least for a little while.
I know the feeling. And I think I can help.
My name is Damien.
Until a year ago, I worked a full-on job as a digital marketer for a tech company in London.
It was non-stop.
Sure, I enjoyed it. But I seemed to have a permanent headache. Or a sore neck from always bending over my laptop.
You know what I’m talking about, don’t you.
I wasn’t always able to get to sleep because my mind was buzzing too much. Too much to think about. To plan. To organize. Talk about stress!
Then I moved here.
To a little village in the Italian alps called Valdiporro. And to this little hotel and restaurant run by my girlfriend’s parents – it’s called Albergo Ristorante Leso:
Thing is, they’re slowly handing off the running of the place to my girlfriend and me. This is us:
And so I said to them: ‘Why don’t I see if I can get some folks from London to come and stay?’
And they said: ‘Do you really think people who live in London will want to visit here?’
‘Of course,’ I said. ‘And the rest of the UK. And even the US and Canada and Australia, too.’
‘Why would they want to come here?’ they said. ‘It’s so quiet and so far from the city.’
For the record, Valdiporro is only 40 minutes’ drive from the nearest city of Verona. Only an hour and a half away from Venice too, for that matter.
(And even though dozens of people drive from Verona every single weekend to come and eat in our restaurant, these guys don’t think people from London or New York or Melbourne would be willing to do the same.)
‘But that’s exactly why they’ll want to come,’ I said. ‘Because it’s so beautiful and peaceful here. It’s perfect for people who need a break from the city…’
There are woodland walks and mountain hikes.
There are great mountain-biking routes, and local places to rent bicycles from.
There’s cute wildlife to go and see, from groundhogs to golden eagles.
There are stunning views from our rooms – or from our sun-soaked terrace on the village piazza – for the people who just want to chill out and do nothing but relax.
And the food… good Lord, the food!
Some customers have been known to drive hundreds of miles just to eat one of our crispy, succulent, slow-roasted pork shanks with polenta and glossy, rich gravy…
I’m not kidding about that, either.
One of our regulars drove all the way from Lucerne in Switzerland to eat here – that’s 270 miles (430 km). And he brought two of his friends with him for the ride.
Then there’s the world-champion yachtsman from Lake Garda who always orders our fresh, homemade fettucine with meat ragu – every single time he comes.
Many locals rave about our tender, melt-in-the-mouth venison stew that we still make to a 150-year-old family recipe…
But you know, whatever I said, my girlfriend’s parents still didn’t believe me.
Hell, maybe they were right.
Maybe not everyone would want to come here and experience something that isn’t part of a pre-packaged vacation…
Or to eat real, traditional northern Italian food made from recipes hundreds of years old – instead of the terrible pizza and boring fake pasta dishes to be found in the usual tourist traps…
Then I thought of you.
Your independence. Your willingness to try something different. Your adventurous spirit.
And so because you’re a regular visitor to Ginger Nuts of Horror – and because I think you’ll back me up…
Come and stay in any of our rooms for a minimum of two nights, and you get 10% off the accommodation and the food.
(It must be a minimum of two nights to get your discount, but you can also stay longer – as long as you like.)
Here’s an example of what that means.
We have a range of rooms, all with private bathrooms and all good sizes (see details below). Stay in one of our regular double rooms with valley views, as a couple.
These rooms normally cost €65 per night, plus €5 breakfast per person – a total of €150 for two people, with breakfast both mornings.
With our 10% discount…
Those same two nights in the same room plus breakfast are now just €135 – or only €33.75 per person per night.
Stay with us and have dinner, and the savings get even bigger… because your food is also 10% off.
And it’s not just couples who benefit. Come and stay on your own – same discount.
Bring the kids – same discount for all of you.
Bring friends – you get the idea…
Because I see you as a kindred spirit. The kind of person who seeks out the authentic.
Also, frankly, because if you’re anything like me then you really need to take some time for yourself and just chill out…
Feel the sun in your face on the balcony as you sip your morning coffee and breathe in the delicious wafting scent of fresh bread from the bakery across the piazza…
And also because I need to show my girlfriend’s parents that there are people out there like you who’d love to come and visit.
Like, really love it. And they tend to come back.
But, you know, people need to have heard of us first. Which you haven’t.
So this offer is to get your attention. To get you to read this and get to know us a little.
And to encourage you to take the plunge and give us a try.
Because I’m sure that, once you do, you’ll become a regular guest too. Just like these folks…
And that’s just a small selection of comments I’ve taken from various review sites. Feel free to check them out for yourself if you get time.
We score a 9/10 on Booking.com from 54 reviews…
A 4.5/5 from 103 Google reviews…
4.5/5 from 102 Trip Advisor reviews…
So whether you want to take a short break…
A long weekend away…
Or you’re planning a longer vacation in Italy and you’re tempted to stop off with us for a couple of nights between, say, Milan and Venice, or between Lake Garda and Verona…
Trust us to take great care of you. And trust us to help you wash that day-to-day stress right out of your hair.
Here’s how to do it…
Size: 14m2, including a spacious bathroom with shower.
Price: €70 per night, plus €5 breakfast per person
Size: 14m2, including spacious bathroom with shower.
Price: €65 per night, plus €5 breakfast per person
Size: 17m2, including spacious bathroom with shower.
Price: €100 per night, plus €5 breakfast per person
Size: 10m2, including a spacious bathroom with shower.
Price: €55 per night, plus €5 breakfast per person
Size: 10m2, including a spacious bathroom with shower.
Price €50 per night, plus €5 breakfast per person
Size: 15m2, including spacious bathroom with shower, but no view of the valley – hence the lower price. Perfect if you just want to use us as a base to explore the area with your bicycle or rental car.
Price: €50 per night, plus €5 breakfast per person
The best times of year to visit the mountains are the Spring and the Autumn, when the weather is sunny and warm without being too hot.
Spring sees fresh herbs finding their way into our kitchen, while Autumn yields up some of the world’s most delicious food, including game, mushrooms, truffles and chestnuts. The Fall season is not to be missed if you’re a food lover.
I’m sorry, but we can’t afford to host automatic booking systems on our website – they’re just too expensive for a small family company like ours.
But rest assured that your email and your personal information will be treated with the utmost respect and security.
So click on the button below to send us a Booking Inquiry email with your preferred room and date, and add the discount code:
into the ‘Message’ box at the bottom.
(And please keep this discount code to yourself. This is for the sole use of Ginger Nuts of Horror readers like you, in recognition of your sense of adventure and independence of spirit. Thank you.)
Then, when you leave, we’ll tot up your accommodation and food, and take 10% off your bill before you pay. Can’t say fairer than that.
Why don’t you send an inquiry now, while you’re thinking about it.
Frankly, I would love to chat and find out more about you.
Plus, you have my word you will not be spammed. And you’re under no obligation to book with us. You can take as long as you like to decide.
Whatever you choose, thank you for reading.
Albergo Ristorante Leso
Piazza XIII comuni, 32
P.S. Please remember, this offer includes you, your partner and any friends and family you might bring along. Stay for a minimum of two consecutive nights, and enjoy 10% off the total cost of accommodation and food (not including drinks).
Thanks again for reading.