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Assisi: Santa Maria degli Ancillotti

LocalitÓ Sterpeto, 42, Phone: 333.803.4879
www.santamariadegliancillotti.com

Reviewed by: James W Watkins from TX, review #3139

When: October 2011

A great place to stay while visiting the hilltowns of Umbria.

We stayed a week at this really lovely agriturismo in early October and it could not have been better.

We were seven adults and a toddler, using two cars to drive to Assisi, Perugia, Gubbio, Orvieto, Siena and Firenze (one each day). It was great to have a lovely and comfortable place to drive home to after each trip and have wonderful food.

We stayed in the apartments 'Il Falchetto' using two of the two bedroom/two bath apartments. They were very comfortable, clean and well appointed. The rooms in the main lodge are more elaborate and hotel-like.

One can stay in the apartments self-catered or in the main house breakfast included. Although we made our own breakfasts, we did dine in the main dining room four nights. The menu is fixed price and fixed menu, but varied every night and included something to please anyone (or in our case, many things to please everyone.)

Although at our visit the pools were closed, I can imagine that in summer this place would have been really spectacular with its distant views of Perugia (from the apartments) and Assisi (from the main house and outdoor dining area.)

Alessio, whose family owns and runs the place, was very accommodating and pleasant. Our arrangements were made by e-mail and by phone and there were no communication problems at all. I was told that the main house could accommodate 16 persons in double occupancy rooms and the apartments (about 150 meters by a very pleasant walk) another 16.

At our off-season time of year and booking 6 months in advance we paid 500 E for each apartment per week (without food or maid service). Dinners were 40 E a person each night (wine, which was very inexpensive, was not included). I judge the accommodations to be a bargain and the food to be quite fairly priced as the level of quality and service was very high.

This is an ideal situation for a large family or small group wishing to stop and enjoy this very beautiful, historic and less crowded part of Italy.

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