Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1105: Brigolante Guest Apartments, Apartment
Apartments on a farm near Assisi, Umbria
Aug 28 - Sep 10, 2004, 2 weeks
This was a beautiful apartment within the Mount Subasio Regional Park on the Brigolante farm owned and worked by The Bagnoli family. Six kilometers from the medieval hill town of Assisi. The area was beautiful, peaceful and quiet.
You had to drive into Assisi for groceries. There were two very nice restaurants before you get to Assisi but you would still have to drive there.
The apartment is part of a 16th century stone farmhouse, once part of a larger castle which has been carefully remodelled into guest apartments. There are three guest apartments on the farm.
There was plenty of room to sit outside on the loungers that were provided. There was also table and chairs outside for eating if you wished. The outside sitting area was shared but it was lovely to meet other people and share what they had done during the day as well. There was no pool there.
The apartment was beautifully furnished. It had terracotta floors with lovely antique and period country furniture with a really comfortable bed. The kitchen/dining room had a big kitchen table with four chairs and a very comfortable sofa. There was also a washing machine in the apartment and plenty of storage space.
The bed was exceptionally comfortable and from the window in the bedroom you had a lovely view over the hills. The bathroom was much larger than I expected, it had a spa bath with shower. There was also a bidet, toilet and wash hand basin and a large mirror on the wall. The whole place was spotlessly clean.
There were cupboards full of utensils, dishes, pots and pans all good quality and clean. The kitchen had a full size gas hob which was ideal for cooking. There was also and electric kettle and a coffee maker. There were plenty of drying cloths and a fresh table cover there. There was also a full size fridge.
Problems or Bonuses
When we arrived there was a basket on the kitchen table full of produce. Fresh eggs, tomatoes, jam, cooking oil, courgettes and a bottle of home made wine. There was also hand made soap in the bathroom. We were told to help ourselves to the fresh herbs that grew at the side of the main house and any other surplus produce that was left out.
The owners also make their own liquors and these were left out in the evening for us to help ourselves. During the course of our stay we were also given more eggs, tomatoes, fresh pasta, home made bread and home made salsa.
One of the biggest surprises was just how beautiful the place was and how welcome we were made to feel.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked directly with the owners. Rebecca Winke is a lovely person, she is originally from Chicago so she speaks perfect English and Italian. The property in reality surpassed the expectations we had. We had meticulous directions from the owner to direct us to the property.
As we were there during August/September the price of our apartment was 440 euros per week for the apartment, Saturday to Saturday.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I am being very honest in saying I will definately visit Brigolante again. We loved the apartment, the people, the location. I would recommend it to anyone. In the time we were there I felt very relaxed and comfortable - I loved it. It was a beautiful place to return to after a day's sightseeing to relax outside on one of the loungers and have a chat, a drink and just chill. We were made very welcome and we enjoyed living on a working farm and seeing the family around.
Things to do in this area
We visited many of the small towns in Umbria - my favourites apart from Assisi were Montefalco and Spello. We went to a different restaurant every day and we had a fabulous meal every time. I can't remember any of the names of the restaurants but they were all very good and many we went back to again. We also went a bit further afield than others probably would. We visited Florence, Siena and Gimginano while we were there. There were excellant motorway connections from where we were.
Assisi itself is really beautiful so we spent several days exploring he shops and St Francis Basilica as well as all the other beautiful buildings in Assisi.
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