"We chose the villa after doing a lot of research online. The website, nice as it is, does not do the property justice.
The house is perched on a hill with sweeping views. It's huge -- six bedrooms, all of them very large with their own large bathrooms. We were three families (10 people) and stayed here for two weeks. For two of those nights we were visited by friends who themselves had two three-year old twins. Even so, we had plenty of room. The bedrooms and bathrooms you see on the website are representative of all six -- every room feels like a master bedroom. The interior is unusually modern for this type of property, which was part of the attraction for us. Everything is first-rate. The showers were great, the kitchen is of professional quality (four sinks?!), and the internet works well.
The pool is very large and we spent hours swimming each day. We needed a pool that was either fenced in or somewhat removed from the house because we had toddlers in our group. This pool is twenty yards or so behind the house, up a curved walkway, which met our needs. The website can't fully capture the beauty of the outdoor grounds. The view from the pool and the many different parts of the house is stunning.
A big part of the stay was the excellent service from Giampaolo, the owner, and his team-- Jens, the concierge, and Giuliana and Laura, the two housekeepers. The villa comes with three hours of housekeeping a day during the week, which wasn't by any means a must on our list, but was really nice to have. For an additional fee, Giuliana will cook you an Italian meal. She did this for us four times during our stay and the dinners were all fantastic, often featuring vegetables from the villa's garden. She enthusiastically taught our boys how to make pasta, which was a lot of fun. We were delayed on our arrival into Da Vinci airport, and Giuliana and Jens met us at the villa at 2 in the morning to check us in! Above and beyond the call of duty, but they greeted us warmly, like it was 2 in the afternoon.
The location is ideal for exploring Umbria, with many fascinating towns within a 45 minute drive - Orvieto, Peruggia, Narni, Spoleto - too many to see them all. We really enjoyed nearby Todi. It's a 5 km walk or you can walk into town in about 25 minutes. Many in our group did the walk each day, but note that the last part is fairly steep.
All in all an ideal trip. We would happily come back and hope to sometime soon."
Guest: Ken K.
Date of Stay: June 2015
Review Submitted: July 20, 2015