This is a place for those who prefer absolutely no Danish tourists around for hundred of kilometres ;-)
Here's peace and quiet, possibility for shopping at the local butchers, bakers, greengrocer and a couple of smaller supermarkets about 15-20 minutes drive up the mountain to the local town Agnone, where there also are a couple of restaurants/cafes, and then nothing else than the beautiful beautiful mountains and nature.
We stayed here for 12 days and met no Danes at all, either at the place or on some of our trips in the area. A few non-Italians, but besides them it was only local residents or Italians visiting the country from Rome for example.
The actual facilities at the place in our apartment Nicola was above the cheap standard the Italian farms, we have become acquainted with, often have. But of course still primitive and not the newest gear and domestic appliances (the dishwasher didn't work - but we chose to live with it and wash the dishes by hand, however I'm sure if we had mentioned it, the host would probably have tried to fix it). Nice room in the apartment and more or less well-equipped kitchen (however, as always without sharp knives, cutting board, and good, large wineglasses - but you know that).
There were a HUGE terrace in front of the apartment with several seating arrangements. It was common, but only we used it during all of the 12 days. The pool was really lovely and clean, and there were always room in the sunbeds, we often had the pool for ourselves.
The hostess Emma was incredibly hospitable and very kind. She speaks a bit of English, but don't understand English that well - but we did manage some form of communication. Can see, from another review, that there's missing a drying rack - we asked for it - and got it immediately.
Can see from other reviews here and on other pages, that the farm's food is very praised. Unfortunately we don't agree. We have travelled in Tuscany and on farms with absolutely amazing food. It was our first trip to the Molise region, and we had hoped for the same good food experience here (of course with local differences), but did get a bit disappointed. When you order food on the farm (which you can do from day to day), you participate in the meal of the evening consisting of 4 courses (which you do the places we visited in Tuscany), and drinks (wine, soda, water). But we have to conclude, that we just better like Tuscan food than food from Molise. The good taste and deliciousness wasn't giving the extra effort, in our opinion. Even though the hostess still was incredibly kind, friendly and would do everything to make sure you felt comfortable.
According to your temperament you have consider if you like communal eating with the other guests (where no one during our stay and 4 dinners) could speak English. When you order dinner, you eat at a big table in the dining room with the other guests, so there you have a chance to practice your Italian a couple of hours, while the dinner last ... or be very quiet, like the other Italian guests ... As aforementioned it is a matter of temperament, if you find that to be something positive or negative about the place.
We chose the place, because we have had some good experiences in the mountains in Tuscany with farm and delicious food and peace and "just sitting and looking out over the mountains". But we have to admit, that this time we got a bit too far away from everything. It was peaceful and quiet and mountains as we dreamed of - but 12 days was probably too much. Molise is indescribably beautiful, easy to drive around in the mountains and very very un-touristy. You can reach the coast in about an hour from Agnone, and there is a lovely beach - but it is a bit far to drive more than a couple of times.
A recommendation for others will be, that we absolutely can recommend both Masseria Santa Lucia and the Agnone-area - but definitely for a shorter period - 1 week would be fine maybe in combination with 1 week out by the coast (Termoli), where there's a lovely beach and lovely warm water.
A recommendation to Masseria Santa Lucia is to discontinue communal eating by the same table. It's an awkward situation to put people in, and the relaxing and cosy part of dinner unfortunately disappears a bit. There's room enough to make a couple of smaller tables, so you eat at the same time, but at your own table - we think, that will make it much nicer for everybody involved.
But all in all a lovely, very relaxing vacation - and we just have to find the good food other places in Italy ;-)
We only give it 3 stars in total - and that is because our expectations to the food weren't fulfilled. But that is completely individual if you like the food or not - so we would give 4, if it was an evaluation without food.
Agnone as a holiday destination
Do use the suggestions for trips, there is in the apartment. The hostess has described them nicely with directions and suggestions for restaurants along the way. They ave to be taken quite literally, since there actually isn't other opportunities for food along the way, than the 2-3 mentioned in the description ;-)
If the weather is bad with rain and thunder in the mountains, it is most likely fine out by the coast. We drove a day to San Salvo and Termoli. Both places have nice beaches.
Agnone and Molise is so beautiful and deserves to be visited by more Danes. A bit of way to it from Rome, easy to find your way around. As mentioned - maybe make a combination with the mountains and the coast, or else it might get a bit too local and deep in the country.