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Review 2265: Villa Rosa, Apartment Le Rose

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Review by Gloria - Casina di Rosa from Italy who is a SlowTrav Contributor

Two apartments and cottage on a farm outside Montemelino, near Perugia, Umbria


View from the garden of Villa Rosa, photo by Gloria - Casina di Rosa

When

July 29 - August 4, 2006, 6 days

Location

Apartment Le Rose is one of the three apartments (actually two apartments and a cottge) with shared pool of Villa Rosa, a very beautiful house in the Umbrian countryside, halfway between Lake Trasimeno and Perugia.

The villa is in a panoramic position with amazing views over the countryside and several hilltop villages. Perugia is also visible in the distance. The area is very quiet, and the only rare noise you can hear are crickets and birds, or one of the donkeys living in the fields nearby! Oh, and "Ugo in love", Megan and Lino's little Dachshund with a passion for our flat coated retriever, Candy!

We really enjoyed coming back to the peacefulness of Villa Rosa after the long hours of daytripping. The apartment itself is very private, you can park your car by your private outdoor sitting area, where we had a couple of lovely dinners.

Villa Rosa is extremely well located to visit many beautiful places in Umbria, because in five minutes you can reach the highway E45 which crosses the region. We covered 1000 kilometers in six days. And besides, the villa is near a very cheap gas station, which is quite important to know if you are travelling by car.

Nearby Amenities

We brought most of what we needed from home, living only a couple of hours away, so I do not really know where shops are. We stopped in a Pam supermarket coming back from Todi, getting off the highway one exit before Corciano. I think there must be other closer supermarkets, we just didn't need one.

We ate at the apartment every evening so, we cannot help as far as restaurants go, but we passed several near the highway. Plus, there are many villages near the villa, so I am sure each one of them has a nice restaurant.

The House/Apartment

The apartment is part of a fantastic property. The apartment itself is perfectly kept, beautifully decorated, well equipped and very very comfortable and quiet.

It is composed of three rooms. The main entrance opens into the kitchen, which is equipped with a comfortable cooking area with plenty of working space and a table which sits comfortably two people, possibly three. There is also a bookshelf with lots of books and guidebooks, maps, etc.

The kitchen is equipped with all you need to prepare a simple meal. There is a small fridge, electric oven, several pots and pans, a toaster, a big six cup coffee maker, and plenty of plates and glasses. Megan and Lino also provided basics for cooking such as olive oil and vinegar, salt, garlic, some fresh herbs, and coffee. Oh, and fresh fruit, flowers and delicious plums! And wine!!!

There is a dish washer and some detergent is provided.

A small hallway with a closet with iron and ironing board and other useful appliances leads into the large bedroom. Really really cosy. The bedroom is decorated with old pieces of furniture which have been restored and brought back to the "old splendour." There is a double bedroom with two side tables with lamps and magazines, a wardrobe with a large mirror, a table with Satalite TV, and another single bed by the wall. The bathroom is ensuite and it was maybe my favourite room for the tasteful style in which it is decorated. Lovely. It has a shower/bathtub, and it has beautiful purple floor tiles of the kind which seem hand paintend. It is very spacious, and toilet paper, hairdrier and towels are provided.

Megan and Lino left towels on the bed with two postcards of Villa Rosa and a chocolate on the bed and fresh flowers on the side table.

Really a lovely apartment. I suppose that the other two places are as nice!

Garden

The garden is shared and the swimming pool is clean and nice. Marcel really enjoyed swimming in the summer heat!!!

The apartment has a private outdoor area, with a table and four chairs and a BBQ which we used twice.

We sat there every night enjoying fireworks in a neighbouring village, or a bottle of wine or champagne!

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furniture is in excellent shape. The apartment was sparkling clean and I could not think of anything to criticize.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

I think I have already said everything about the bedroom and bathroom, except that there are screens on the windows, so no bugs! And an amazing view over the garden.

Kitchen

Pots and pans are in good condition. We wanted to prepare picnic food in the morning so it was convenient to find disposable containers in the drawers. We replaced them when we left so that the next guests could use them.

The dish washer is also a good help: we will have to buy one for Casina di Rosa!!!

The barbque was also very handy, maybe we could recommend Lino and Megan to buy one of those long forks for sausages. However, there was a "BBQ tool", so we had no trouble whatsoever.

Problems or Bonuses

The surprise was that Umbria is as beautiful as Tuscany, if not more. And we were really thankful to the owners because they let us bring our dog with us.

The biggest bonus, besides the beauty of the place, is that Villa Rosa is extremely convenient for sightseeing.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

We won this holiday thanks to the Slow Travel Contest, and we chose the place because Marcel, my fiancÚ, had never been in Umbria and we could go with our dog.

Megan and Lino are young and friendly, easygoing and really caring hosts.

They have an amazing house and we really loved every minute spent there and we were really sorry to leave. We will be back!

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

Would we stay there again? We are simply trying to figure out when we can go back.

We would definitely recommend the place. We already have. It is a perfect place, really.

Thank you Slow Travel for this amazing holiday, and thank you Megan and Lino for your hospitality.

Things to do in this area

We travelled a lot! We visited several hilltop towns (I promise a trip report!) such as Montone and Corciano, smaller places, abbeys, castles, the countryside, and larger towns such as CittÓ di Castello, Gubbio, Assisi, Todi, Deruta, Spello, Bevagna, Montefalco, and more. We drove to Monte Cucco and Monte Subasio, definitely go there!!!

Beautiful beautiful Umbria!

Our only regret was that we didn't manage to visit Letizia at La Madonna del Piatto near Assisi, because we were late. But we will definitely go back to Umbria.

Villa Rosa is a perfect location if you want to visit either the Tuscany-Umbria border, or Northern, central and south-western Umbria.

This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of slowtrav.com.

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