This large villa and the surroundings were perfect for four couples visiting italy for the first time. We felt we received a true italian experience with walking the property of olive trees and the views of the surrounding valley. Francesca and Roberto (who live on this property) helped to make this stay even more enjoyable. We spent most of the time outdoors in the wonderful seating areas. Francesco and Roberto gave us suggestions for restaurants close by that gave us a great italian eating experience. From this villa, we visited Assisi. This villa was a highlight for our trip to Italy so we could relax and soak in the environment. Very special!
Beautiful peaceful property and wonderful care and attention from Francesca and Roberto. They were never obtrusive but always ready and willing to make our stay more than comfortable and interesting. Over our two week stay we benefitted from their generosity in so many ways. We collected cherries from the orchard, picked salad from their veggie garden and ate fresh eggs courtesy of the chooks.
We greatly enjoyed the sparkling pool which Roberto fastidiously maintained, and in the twilight loved looking over the roses, through the valley to Assissi perched on the hills beyond. Bustling Perugia is only 9kms away but you do need a car to get around. There are plenty of local supermarkets, particularly the A&O about 5km drive from the farm. Assissi, Ripa, Cortona, Spello, Gubbio and Spoleto are all accessible. We even had a day trip to Cevita and the huge lake at Belsena. Thank you, dear Francesca and Roberto, for your ongoing friendship and an amazing holiday.
We just spent 6 days at Natalia's beautiful villa and the entire family were all so sad to say goodbye to this gorgeous place and warm hospitality shown by our host. Natalia went out of her way to give us local advice and we were really impressed with the beauty of Umbria. The villa is within driving distance of some beautiful Italian villages and cities and we even made an awesome trip to the nearest beach. We enjoyed the fact that we didn't see another tourist for days at a time and were treated to picking and eating organic vegetables right from the garden. The house is very spacious with 4 large bedrooms and ample bathrooms and living areas. We made BBQs, ate outside and swam in the pool all day. Highly recommended.
Just returned from two weeks at this lovely property. We were two families (8 people in total) holidaying together. We received a wonderful welcome from Natalia and felt right at home. This is, just as other reviewers have said, a very special property and a wonderful area of Italy. The property is very well situated and we managed visits to Florence and Rome as well as lots of trips to the myriad of medieval towns in the local area. Umbria is unspoilt and certainly seems to be off the beaten track to the English Traveller - a bonus in our opinion! Natalia also had some wonderful recommendations for local restaurants (our favourite being the Pomegranate between Ripa and Pianella) and supermarkets (there is a fantastic hypermarket at the Collestrada) Our children (11 to 18) loved having the freedom to roam in the gated grounds and their enjoyment was enhanced by the family dogs, Zorba and Luca and the newly born kittens. We all loved the really good sized private pool and many a happy hour was spent just chilling there and drinking in the views. There was some internet access at this property, but it was very hit and miss and unsuitable for downloading anything - this wasn't a problem for us, because we didn't expect there to be any internet access and it actually enhanced our holiday as it meant that we were able to experience an `old fashioned' break without the kids being glued to their phones and IPads! :-) We did need the air conditioning in the property because temperatures have been unusually hot and those that weren't in the air conditioned bedrooms did suffer (although Natalia did everything she could to help by providing fans for the other two bedrooms) As we were two families travelling together our only small gripe was that it would have been good to have had two keys to the property, so that we could come and go more independently. All in all though, we had a marvellous time and felt that this property represented very good value for money. We have returned rejuvenated and revived and would strongly recommend this property to others.
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I brought my grandsons to Italy to discover their roots.
We spent time with relatives on both sides. They treated us like royalty. I found my grandfathers tomb.
My grandson came away with great experience of their Italian heritage.