Serene Country Retreat in the Umbrian HIlls
Arriving at this oasis after a long flight from the U.S. was most welcome! We enjoyed our 2 week stay immensely. The gracious proprietor Anna ensured that our stay was relaxing. Her gifts of wine, lamb chops, olive oil, eggs and abundant cherries from the tree outside our property were luxurious and especially generous. The beautiful property is set on a working farm with chickens, sheep. olive groves, cyprus and vineyards surrounding it. There is a huge, immaculate, shared pool which we enjoyed every evening for a cooling swim after a day of sight seeing in the local hill towns and Rome. The lovely terrace outside of our apartment was great for dinners cooked on our grill. The apartment itself was simply and tastefully furnished with a lovely modern bathroom...(with great shower pressure!). The Kitchen had all of the basics, the beds were very comfortable with beautiful linens. A comfy sofa in the main room. The entire house was immaculately clean. We simply could not have asked for more. While we visited during the summer, I noted a huge working fireplace for the cooler months. What a treat that would be! The property is well situated for day trips to towns such as Orvietto, Narni, Todi, Amelia and Rome is easily accessible for day trips. We took 2 trips to Rome via the Orte station which has continual service to and from the City. Orte is a quick 35 minute drive from the house and Rome is only 40 minutes. What a treat to return to the serene and lovely farm after a hot and tiring day in Rome! The property is also only 10 minutes from the fantastic, bustling town of Giove where you can find: and InCoop grocery store (think wine bargains, delicious breads, cheeses and all the salumi you can eat!), a pharmacy, an amazing cafe, petrol, and an incredible pizzeria that also serves lovely grilled meats on their wood fired oven. (We ate there 3 nights!). We can not wait to return and were so sad to leave! For folks who want to be IN a town and do not like a rural drive (there is a dirt road for 2K to access the property, this would not be for you.) For those who enjoy peace and quiet outside of a conveniently located small town, this would be for you. Do be sure you have good directions or a phone for assistance in locating, as it is off the main highway. WELL worth the trek.