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Review 1007: Tuscany Now, Santa Caterina

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Review by millie from NY who is a SlowTrav Contributor

Villa, sleeps 10, in Lubriano near Umbrian border, Lazio


When

July 3, 2004 to July 10, 2004 , one week

Location

Although I listed the Region as Umbria, the villa is actually located in Lazio, right near the border with Umbria. It's in the country near a small town called Lubriano. The next town is Bagnoregio where you can take the foot bridge to the village of Civita di Bagnoregio. Orvieto is a 15-20 min. drive. The location was perfect; near enough to several restaurants and food stores but serenely quiet when we stayed at the villa. The lovely owner, Rosanna, lives next door but you cannot actually see her home from the villa.

Nearby Amenities

The nearest grocery store is in Lubriano, a 5 minute drive. There is a fantastic restaurant, Ristorante Il Vecchio Mulino, there as well. There is also a restaurant in Spermugnano, about 7 minutes away called L'Astrologia which makes excellent pizza.

The House/Apartment

The owner has tastefully restored this home retaining its historic character while adding modern amenities. It is evident that she cares about the home because everthing that she has added is high quality. It is a difficult place to describe beacuse it is so unique and very special.

Garden

There is a lovely private pool with an interesting shallow step about 3 feet wide running the length of the pool for people to sit and dangle their feet. The grounds are beautifully landscaped; lots of nice shady spots, flowers, sculptures and sitting areas. There's a pergola with a table and chairs overlooking the valley as well as two other sets of tables and chairs, one near the pool and one closer to the villa. There are loungers by the pool and a hammock strung in the yard. There is also a bocci court and enough land to play catch or find a quiet spot. It is idyllic.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The villa was exceptionally clean. We rarely sat in the dining room because the outdoor seating was so nice or in the living room, but the seating in both was adequate. The furniture was in excellent condition; the floors are beautiful and her color choices fit the decor and structure so well.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The beds (with the possible exception of the lower twin room which the teenage boys in our group thought were hard) were very comfortable with high quality sheets and light blankets. All of the bedrooms were spacious. One of the two upstairs doubles has a large bathroom with tub and shower and a small terrace. The other had a smaller bathroom. Both twin rooms were quite large. The downstairs double had was more like a suite with steps leading from a large bathroom to the bedroom. Each bedroom had a unique look, different colors and window treatments.

Kitchen

The kitchen itself was small but functional. There were more than enough glasses, pots and dishes for our group and a brand new dishwasher. There is also an outdoor forno which was perfect to grill and make bruschetta.

Problems or Bonuses

This villa is very special. If there were any surprises, it was that it was much larger and nicer than we had expected. The owner made us feel so comfortable. She allowed our children to visit with her many cats and dog, answered questions, gave us restaurant suggestions and cooking tips and treated us to her fabulous frittata with fresh zucchini from her garden. Her olive oil is the best that we found during our 2 week stay. Both of our families would return in a heartbeat. We were all sad to leave.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Tuscany Now answered all of our questions about this property as well as the others that we were considering. The owner was our onsite contact and she couldn't have been more hospitable.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

We would recommend this villa to anyone, without reservation.

Things to do in this area

The farthest that we went was Siena, which took about 2 hours (each way). We also took day trips to Assisi and Montefalco, Montepulciano and Pienza, Todi, Orvieto and Civita. There is a lovely forno for pane in Bagnoregio before you head up into the village and one for excellent biscotti on the edge of the village near the bus stop for Civita. We were treated very well at Il Vecchio Mulinao in Lubriano the two evenings we ate there and we took pizza home from L' Astrologia twice and it was delicious.

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