Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2035: Villa Rosa, The Cottage
Two apartments and cottage on a farm outside Montemelino, near Perugia, Umbria
April 2006, 1 week
Villa Rosa is located on the eastern side of the high hills surrounding Lake Trasimeno. It overlooks the beautiful countryside of the Umbrian plain. The cottage "La Casetta" is very private and separate from the main building. While in the country, it is very convenient to the highway for shopping and sightseeing.
An easy uphill walk on quiet paved road thru an olive grove inhabited by donkeys finds one at a lovely restaurant in the tiny hamlet of Montemelino. The downhill walk back is even easier, a bonus for those who may overindulge. Flashlight is provided in the Casetta for nightime forays on foot. Groceries would be more of a hike, about 3 km to a small but remarkably complete store. There is a good choice of supermarkets and other restaurants within a 5-10 minute car ride.
The Casetta is a creative reconstruction of a farm outbuilding. A large lawn with pool separates it from the main building which houses the owner's quarters and two rental apartments. On the ground floor are kitchen, dining and living area with satellite TV and fireplace, one double bedroom opening out onto patio. A bathroom with jacuzzi is on this level. Up a spiral staircase is the master bedroom, bathroom with shower and an additional room between master bedroom and stairs with two single beds.
A private terrace overlooking olive groves and what seemed like all of Umbria is off the living area and downstairs bedroom. It is shaded by an awning and contains table and chairs for outdoor dining. The pool is on the other side of the building. Other renters using the pool would not intrude on the privacy of the terrace.
Everything was clean, in good shape with plenty of chairs. There were many nice decorative touches that made it feel less like a rental property and more like a home.
Both bedrooms were very nice with comfortable beds. Bathrooms were very modern with plenty of hot water. Views from all windows were lovely.
The kitchen is very up-to-date with good sized stainless steel fridge, dishwasher, five-burner gas cook top which includes a huge burner for boiling pasta, electric oven and brolier. One could easily make full meals here with plenty of pots, dishes and gadgets.
Problems or Bonuses
We had checked out the rentals on our Sept 04 trip. We knew in advance how nice it is at Villa Rosa. Somehow we were still surpised because the reality was even nicer than our memory.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I won a 25% discount on a rental at Villa Rosa as a prize in the 2004 SlowTrav contest. I dealt directly with Megan, an Austrailian married to an Italian. Because we already had another Italy trip reserved and planned for 2004, she very kindly let me have the cottage in 2006 for the 2005 price which was 750 Euros for the week before Easter. Heating is extra, and it cost us 26 Euros for the week.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to my friends. We had a very active stay, using the convenient location for trips to Siena, Perugia, Norcia and exploring the lake area. Next time I would like to make more use of the serene location for relaxation and painting.
Megan and Lino are excellent hosts, being always available by house phone, full of information and local lore yet in no way intrusive on one's privacy. We already had an idea of what areas we wanted to visit. They enhanced our vacation by steering us to lovely restaurants, hikes and discount shopping.
Things to do in this area
Follow Megan's directions for a walk from the Villa Rosa to a highpoint overlooking Lake Trasimeno. Ask her about the cashmere and knitwear outlets. Enjoy a boat trip on the lake and a meal of local fish. Hop on the highway for trips to just about anywhere.
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