Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1688: Brigolante Guest Apartments, La Stalletta
apartments on a farm near Assisi, Umbria
8/27 - 9/3/05, 7 days
We stayed in a wonderful apartment, La Stalletta, on the Brigolante farm. There were 2 other apartments and while we were there both had guests. We got together and all six of us took a cooking class with Letizia (I understand she also can be found in the Bed & Breakfast & Cooking Class section of Slow Travel). What a wonderful teacher, and friend of Rebecca, our hostess.
I want to comment on the great time we had at Brigolante. It is set in a beautiful area just outside Assisi in the mountains, and for all the serenity and peace of the place, it is surpassed by the hostess and family members that are truly welcoming. There was the welcome basket of fresh eggs, fruits and vegetables along with jam and a bottle of their own wine. Each day we could choose what was in the garden and the table was overflowing with the extras. One evening we were presented with fresh pesto sauce, another of fresh made pasta. Rebecca was always available for any questions - even helping my husband figure out how to get the TV working after he "played" with it.
The apartment was clean and nicely furnished. We spent our evenings sitting out on the lawn enjoying the night sounds. Even the roosters were courteous, at least they didn't wake me up! We have told family and friends all about our stay and would highly recommend to anyone that desires visiting ANYWHERE in the area. We were there a week and went to different areas - Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto, Deruta, Gubbio, Lago Trasimeno and more but still did not see all we would have liked to. If we head back to that area again we will be sure to try and stay again. Thanks for a great time.
You could walk the area but it would definately be easier with a car. We were offered bikes but I never learned to ride, it is not flat even countryside. Not far from the farm there are two restuarants right across the street from each other; probably less then a mile. About the same distance further on is a small grocery store. We did not starve!
I understood this was a restored/duplicated building, the area having seen eight generations working the land and living here. There were three separate apartments and the two I saw were very clean and well organized. The animals - cows, pigs, sheep, and chicken were across the drive so to speak and not a problem as far as noise, or odors.
There was a nice lawn that was shaded and shared, if desired. It would have been a very anti-social person that could have faulted the arrangement. We were there while two other couples were there and I think all enjoyed the time we did have together. We each went our own ways but it was nice to visit when we did.
The furniture as great, some looked to have been antiques. The whole place was clean and well appointed. There was nothing to complain about at all.
The bed was very comfortable. There was one bedroom and one bathroom; with two people I wouldn't have expected anymore. It was in the same area and not down the hall. The bathroom was very large - probably larger than our bathroom at home.
It was a workable kitchen. There were the basics; good, sturdy. I would have liked a different frying pan but I have many more at home than I need or use. I am a kitchen freak. It was a compact kitchen in keeping with the apartment. I knew it did not have an oven but that is not something I use every day either. It was not a hardship to use the kitchen.
Problems or Bonuses
The wonderful liquors and fresh fruits/ vegetables from the garden were terrific. I had not expected that at all.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I dealt with Rebecca via email.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely stay again, given the chance. As I have already stated, we both have talked (ranted and raved) with everyone that will listen about our time in Italy. Yes, we would give it 4 stars, both in place and people.
Things to do in this area
The many hill towns were interesting to us. The cooking class we took part in was something I've always wanted to do and never have. We enjoyed ourselves but I can't recall any particular restaurant that stands out above the rest.
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