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This was a perfect place to spend a relaxing week. Close enough to places we wanted to visit, but also lovely to just stay "home" and enjoy the lovely setting! We wanted to just unwind and do a few little day trips - and this was a perfect location for both. The very charming owners live on the property and had stocked the kitchen with basic necessities and enough food for a couple days, as well as some of their wonderful wine, olive oil, and lavender products.
The house, setting, and view! The house is very tastefully decorated with antiques, comfortable furniture, a great bed and linens. The kitchen was also very well stocked. The gardens were lovely and we enjoyed walking around them a bit. The little patio off the bedroom overlooking the valley was our favorite spot for a glass or two of wine each evening.
The resident cats and dogs are very well behaved and quiet. They knew we liked them and greeted us every time we returned "home"; the kitties joined us for "happy hour" on our patio. (The cats are not allowed in the house, BTW).
Also there was no TV! But great WiFi and a CD player with a wide selection of music. Perfect for relaxing.
Nothing!! Just a warning that the last 3 miles to the house are an unpaved road and it is quite bumpy. We didn't mind and took it slow, but tried to get home each evening before it got too dark.
This area of Umbria has gorgeous hills and valleys with lots of tiny ancient towns. Assisi and Perugia is an easy drive away - and we spent 2 days in and around Assisi. We also visited to Cortona (of "Under the Tuscan Sun" fame). Locally we enjoyed Umbertide and Montone.
Actually the landscape was so lovely that we tried to take small, back roads around the area just to go slow and absorb the beauty of the area. (However, if you don't like hilly, curvy road, this would not be for you.)
Nearby Events or Locales:
Montone is the closest small town, and it is not within walking distance unless really like to hike a ways (5 - 6 miles). It is a medieval hill town you can't really drive into the town. Umbertide is a little farther away and has several "supermarkets" with easy parking.
There is a handy notebook in the house that lists places like shops, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.
Tips or Restaurants:
The house was very well stocked. And there was even food there when we arrived! No need to bring a kitchen sponge, dish soap, etc.
Restaurants. We didn't eat out at all! We like to cook and stocked up on wonderful pastas, cold cuts, meats, and fresh veggies. The owners have an organic garden available - so we had their fresh tomatoes with fresh mozzarella we bought. Perfect!
Directions on the GPS address brought us right to the gate! Owners supply a remote control for the gate at check-in.
Check In Out:
Check-in and check-out went very smoothly. The owners are lovely, and we only saw them a couple of times when we were arriving or leaving at the same time. We thoroughly enjoyed our conversations with them. They both speak excellent English, so no problem there.