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Norcia: Agriturismo Casale nel Parco

Località Fontevena, 8, Phone: 0743.816.481

Reviewed by: jeannew from PA, review #409

When: June 2003

Beautiful website but ugly experience. Inefficient owners didn't have record of reservation; alternative lodging options unsatisfactory.

Based on the beautiful web site, we made reservations by E-mail. We were assured that sending a deposit was not necessary. When we arrived at the agriturismo we realized that the photos were accurate, but did not portray that the house was so close to the road that you could lose an arm if you put it out the window when truck was driving by. The photos also did not portray the construction, complete with pile drivers, of a huge building about 50 meters from the other side of the house. We were already dubious about staying there when we walked into the house.

The owners, a nice older couple who spoke no English, said they had no room for 2 nights and no record of our reservation. When I showed them my E-mail confirmation, they said their daughter who lives in another town took care of that and did not tell them we were coming. They went out of their way to show us several apartments they owned where we could stay until they had a vacancy, and at the same rate of €70 per night B&B.

The first apartment, in a beautiful but remote town of Abeto, was pretty dismal and we rejected it. We agreed on the second apartment, a tiny row house in the old town of Norcia and moved our stuff in there. It was decently furnished but not quite finished with bare bulbs instead of light fixtures in some places. There were 2 bathrooms and 2 bedrooms, but unfortunately no hot water. While we were napping, rain from a thunderstorm came under the closed ground floor window and soaked our luggage. The owner promised to fix the hot water problem while we were out to dinner. All he succeeded in doing was to make a boiler in the basement make strange noises all night.

The next morning we packed up, drove to the agriturismo & paid them their 70 euros then checked into the Best Western Salicone where we had an enjoyable stay for only 15 euros more per night.

Summary: Nice owners but not very efficient. There are some lovely views from their Casale, but it is too close to the road and other buildings to really give that mountain experience. Pool looked OK and the place appeared clean. I recommend looking it over carefully before committing to staying there.

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