Nestled in the lush and pristine forests of Mount Peglia, Borgo Spante is an oasis of peace and tranquillity, where Umbria lovers gather to feel the History of Central Italy, walk the nature trails, relax by the fireplace, meet and talk enjoying delicious dinners together!
Borgo Spante is a truly genuine village transformed to provide farmhouse holidays with the old stables, the manor house, country houses and even the small school which have all been converted into rustic and comfortable apartments.
The property is set in 10.000 hectares of estate land, untouched for centuries: what for many a long year was a great agricultural enterprise, is today a timeless place for a vacation of discoveries, tales and adventures…
It is an ideal setting for excursions, for bird watching and walks, where you can savour the delightful and enchanting atmosphere of this corner of Umbria.
In our farmhouse, eagerly devised and put into operation with creativity, simplicity and a sense of fun, by Claudia Spatola, moments of sheer bliss can be experienced as different, evocative aspects of its authentic charm are revealed.
For within a radius of several kilometres one can penetrate into woodland scenery and look upon spellbinding torrents and lakes which are not only stunning spectacles but which offer evocative moments of peace and serenity.
Our welcome is warm, direct and without empty frills.
At Borgo Spante you will find independent rooms and spacious apartments with lounge, kitchen or cooking corner, bedrooms with two or three beds and en-suite bathroom. Our most traditional accomodation have also original fireplaces.
The farmhouse holiday fits naturally into an environmental setting that is endlessly fascinating and richly provided with charming scenery and all sorts of corners for informal meetings and reunions.
The owners' villa, the park, the avenue of holm oaks leading to Roccolo – the former bird snare clearing encircled by trees – the bell tower and the little Chapel of the Madonna of Peace, these are the scenes that meet your eye when you lean out of the windows of the rooms and apartments created in the former farmhouses, the old stables and the old school.
What you don't find in Borgo Spante:
Asphalt: in order to get to Spante you will have to drive along 2.5 kilometres of dirt road.
Tv: in the evening we prefer to listen to the tales and Stories of our guests.
Separate tables: we like dining together with our guests.
Air conditioning: the natural air of Mount Peglia is more than adequate.
OUR LOVE FOR FOOD AND FOR THE ART OF COOKING
The cooking, in the capable hands of Giuliana, exploits to the full the recipes of the rich and appetizing Umbrian gastronomy, prepared using our own produce and that freshly picked from nature in the countryside around Borgo Spante.
Thanks to old family recipe books from the 1700's and 1800's, we have learnt how to use to advantage the wild herbs we collect in the fields: borage, traveller's joy, different kinds of mushroom and asparagus, dandelions and chicory.
Our great strength lies in our starters: ‘le pizza ripiene' pizzas with rich toppings, ‘le sorellucce con il guanciale' ‘little sisters' – toast with broad beans and streaky bacon, ‘le fritture di salvia funghi, ed erbe selvatiche' food fried with sage, mushrooms and wild herbs, ‘pecorino fritto' fried pecorino, and ‘I crostini dei morti'; toasts with broad bean purè': these broad bean dishes traditionally used for the day of All Souls, but also at other times, are peasant recipes which go back to the times of the Romans!
First courses include: ‘le minestre di orzo e di farro' soups of barley and of spelt (the historical ‘confarratio' – focaccia wedding cake used by the Romans)' ‘le polente' various polentas, and ‘le pizza al testo',standard pizzas.
Our second courses come from our own animals: rabbit, guinea fowl, turkeys, ducks, geese, or from our game.
Our accommodation price covers half board, with breakfast and full dinner where drinks (a genuine red local wine and water from the spring here at Spante) are included.
DISCOVERING CENTRAL ITALY
Borgo Spante is an ideal base for numerous excursions and is within easy reach of the most important art centres in Umbria and southern Tuscany.
Jewels like Orvieto, Assisi, Viterbo, Perugia, Assisi, Spello, Bevagna, Città di Castello, can be reached in less than one hour.
In the vicinity of our farmhouse there are destinations which are not usually well known and are often omitted from the traditional guide books: Monte Castello, with its Teatro della Concordia - theatre of peace and harmony, - the smallest in Europe, Collelungo, with its mediaeval castle and the ‘santuario della Madonna della Luce- Sanctuary of Our Lady of Light, to the ‘santuario della Madonna dei Bagni' - Sanctuary of Our Lady of Spas, with its traditional thanksgiving votive offerings, the castle of Saint Appolinaire, Parrano and the speological excursion into the Tane del Diavolo! - Lairs of the Devil…
Highly recommended are the following trips which set out from the Borgo: walks in the woods of Mount Peglia , the excursion to Elmo and Melonta, the exploration of Mount Piatto , the outing to the torrents at Faina and Fersinone, the long walk to the castle of San Vito and Palazzo Bovarino.
OUR LOVE FOR NATURE AND WILDLIFE
Guests can bring on holiday with them their four-footed friends, secure in the knowledge that they will be appreciated and petted.
Animals, in fact, are the true and undisputed masters who rule the roost at Spante, for we are convinced that every animal should be listened to and respected and that the rapport between man and beast represents an essential part of life.
In our domain live in perfect harmony nine dogs, three cats, rabbits, roosters, gooses and our lovely pig Anacleto. Forty white cows, of the ancient "Chianina" breed are the queens of Borgo Spante, together with their handsome bull Adonis.
However, even more numerous are the wild animals that roam undisturbed in the surrounding woods and very often like to show off to our guests.
Foremost among them the wild boar, but one can also come across pheasants, porcupines, falcons, hoopoes, great red woodpeckers, buzzards, fireflies, pine martens, deer, fallow deer and fawns.