Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1182: Villa Rosa, Apartment
Two apartments and cottage on a farm outside Montemelino, near Perugia, Umbria
Oct 2004, 2 nights
Villa Rosa is located 15 km from Perugia. It is just below the tiny village of Montemelino. It is on a hill with views out across a plain to the hills on the other side. We had overcast skies and fog, but you could see the town of Solomeo in the distance. It was very quiet, in fact we slept very late during our stay.
You could easily walk up to Montemelino. We were there in October and things were closed up. There is a restaurant there but I don't remember if there was also a food shop or bar.
This is a villa that is divided into 3 apartments. The owners live in one and the other 2 are vacation rentals, each with their own entrance. On the other side of the property, there is the cottage. We got a look inside since the guests had just checked out. It was very spacious with a nice living room and kitchen. I think there were 2 bedrooms upstairs and another downstairs. And 2 bathrooms.
You enter the property through an automatic gate. The grounds are well cared for and there are numerous plants, flowers and fruit trees. There was a salt water pool and the owners will be happy to explain how it eliminates the need for chemicals. The pool is shared among all guests
Our apartment and if I remember correctly, also the other, had a private patio area.
Our apartment was well furnished. The bed was very comfortable and had 2 pillows for each of us. Everything was very clean. The dining table (in the kitchen) had 2 chairs.
The bedroom was a nice size with a queen size bed, a small sofa, a small table and TV. 2 nightstands each with reading lamps.
The bathroom was large and even had a hairdryer. (Only Pauline will understand how much this meant to me.)
(Note from Pauline: Because the cottage that Stephanie shared with us in England had no hair dryer and we had to all experience bad hair days, every day.)
We had a well equipped eat in kitchen that had a dishwasher (I don't even have one in Rome!). All the extras you might need were provided (oil, salt, etc) as well as some great jam and honey.
Problems or Bonuses
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We stayed at Villa Rosa because it was a prize in the Slow Travel 2004 Anniversary Contest. I corresponded via email directly with the owner Megan, who is Australian and therefore speaks English. She was there to meet us as we arrived and got us settled in.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would recommend staying here in the summer to take advantage of the pool. I'm guessing the views would be even nicer, with the clear days of summer.
Things to do in this area
We visited Corciano, which is nothing special, but it is a nicely preserved town all in stone. We ate at the restaurant "Il Convento" which was good food but a bit snobby. When my husband asked for broccoletti all'agro, the waiter raised his eyebrows and said that wasn't done. He talked him into cicoria all'agro.
We also visited Solomeo, which again is nothing special. But it is interesting in that the town was restored by Brunello Cucinelli who now has his cashmere factory there (not really a factory, just the HQ). Apparently you can get good deals at the shops there. There is one for women and another for men.
We spent the rest of the time in Perugia. We ate at Osteria del Gufo, small restaurant with very good food.
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