Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1197: Owner, Casa Montone
1bed/1bath house in Montone, Umbria
10/29/04 - 11/6/04, 7 days
Casa Montone is a three story building located just (about 30 feet) outside the town walls of the village of Montone is Umbria, Italy. Montone is a village of about 1500 people perched on top of beautiful hill. You can't even see Montone from the town and road below. Lovely place.
In Montone proper, within the city walls, are all the basic amenities. There is a caffe, a newspaper shop, a butcher/grocer, a fruit and vegetable store, and two restaurants. In Umbertide, which is the larger city at the bottom of the hill, there is also a large Coop Supermarket, and other modern conveniences.
The house itself is what used to be a guard tower. Its a three story standalone building located about 30 feet outside the city walls. You enter on the second floor which is the living room. In the living room there is a floor to ceiling window which opens directly to an incredible 180 degree view of the hills and mountains of Italy. All you can see is green hills rolling away for miles. There is a spiral staircase which connects the living room to the Kitchen (downstairs) and to the bedroom upstairs.
There is no garden because this building is directly on the road and surrounded on one side by street and on the other by hillside which drops sharply away.
The furniture is all in good shape and very tasteful. There is a comfortable couch in the living room, an armoire which houses lots of books and cd's and a cd/radio stereo. In the kitchen there is a fireplace and a large table that can seat up to six. The bedroom has a dresser, a clothes hanger, and two bedside tables.
The mattress did leave a little to be desired. It was kind of lumpy. The bathroom was very well designed, with tile, a toilet, a standup shower and a bidet. My wife's only complaint about it was that the shower did not deliver enough water pressure. She has very long hair so it takes forever for all the soap to get rinsed out.
The kitchen had modern appliances. A nice sized fridge (by European standards), a brand new dishwasher, and a new gas stove. The kitchen has all the utensils and pots and pans you would ever need. We cooked two full meals there with no problem.
Problems or Bonuses
Ok, here's the highlights and lowlights:
Highlights 1) The view from kitchen, living or bathroom is just incredible. Really, really pretty. 2) Montone is a perfectly preserved little medievil village. Very pretty. Easy to explore because of its small size and its perched ontop of the large hill, away all the hub ub. 3) The kitchen is great and well equipped and easy to work in.
Lowlights: 1) The only way to get from any floor is by spiral staircase, which is rather small. If you are a person with any sort of issues getting around (walking or climbing) I would not recommend this place. 2) The first weekend we got there was the Festa del Bosco (Festival of the woods). This is great for the village because there are tons of vendors, musicians, food and fun, but bad for anyone staying at Casa Montone, because all the of the thousands of festival goers are basically milling around about 20 feet from your front door. Therefore its loud into the wee hours of the night, and the parking is a nightmare. 3) The mattress was kind of lumpy. 4) The shower doesn't have enough water pressure.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We worked directly with the owner. You pay the full price for a week in advance. Plus, you give the local caretaker $200 deposit when you arrive, which she gives you when you are leaving. Note: The caretaker in Montone is Anna, she speaks fluent English and it very helpful. She lives in Montone so she can react to any of your needs quickly.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would recommend this with the caveats that I noted: 1) Spiral staircase makes it difficult to transition from floor to floor. 2) Think long and hard about staying there during the Festa del Bosco (end of October).
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