Palazzo Mannochi-unforgettable, magical place.
We've just returned to Northern Ireland after a week-long stay at wonderful Palazzo Mannochi. Our eldest daughter married her lovely fiancé there, and for them and for all of us, it was a magical experience. This was due entirely to the expertise and attention to detail shown by our amazing hosts, Ferida & Jean-Marie, who own and run this fabulous, authentic and opulent venue. Our guests were endlessly impressed with their magnificent surroundings, but no less impressed with the care and attention to detail with which every request, large or small, was met. Ferida is an inspirational woman, with a wealth of knowledge and understanding of how best wedding preparations may be made, and how to put brides-to-be (and their mothers) at their ease. It is remarkable how the townspeople work closely with Ferida & Jean-Marie, proving services where needed, always smiling and helpful. My daughter's ceremony was held in the Town Hall Gardens, which overlooks a vista of green hills and valleys, rolling meadows and fields of fruit and olive trees. It is a truly magnificent venue. The wedding meal was held at the Palazzo Restaurant, superbly catered by Jean-Marie and his team. The food was indescribably great ! Fresh, local whole sea-bass, perfectly-cooked beef, delicious ravioli, all manner of tasty local delicacies and a mountain of feather-light profiteroles went to make up the wedding meal, though not in that order. The food was expertly served and was very plentiful. I have never had a more expertly cooked. , flavoursome dinner and trust me, I like my food! I am struggling here to find more superlatives to describe the excellence of my experience at Palazzo Mannochi. I felt entirely 'at home', yet completely enchanted by my surroundings. Petritoli is a magical place. I hope it always remains that way. The Palazzo is the jewel in its crown, and Ferida and Jean-Marie are its truly amazing guardians. Long may you continue to inspire guests with your dedication and grace. The Irish, Persian, American and European guests could not have felt more welcome and well accommodated. I have to mention Ferida's beautiful shop, where I bought gorgeous Murano glass jewellery for my outfit, ably assisted in my choice by the elegant Ferida. The shop is an added treat. All the women guests loved it, and showed off their purchases over coffee at the Cafe Tre Archi. I could go on, but I think you feel my enthusiasm :) Last mention to Ivo, of Casa Cormar, great tour guide and a great guy
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