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Review 2293: A Place in Umbria ... Alsagra, Papaveri
2bed/bath apartment near Perugia, Umbria
Sept 2005, May 2006, 9 nights
We stayed at Alsagra, near Perugia/Umbertide in May 2005 for the first time. This was a wonderful time of year and we loved being there. The views from the apartment were breathtaking with at least 270 degree sights. We overlooked the village of San Giovanni and the Antognola golf course. One night there was an amazing firework display which could be seen for miles. The local walks were great. You can leave your apartment and be at an Etruscan Tomb in 40 minutes. We also walked up Monte Tezio, Monte Corona and Monte Acuto which were a great for an early morning walk.
There is a local shop about 10 minutes walk down the hill. It is a great small village shop and has all the immediate essentials you need. There was a wonderful pastry shop about 10 minutes drive away where you could get fresh pastry, bread and coffee.
The nearest restaurant is 7 kms away and was always full of locals eating there which we thought was a good sign of a positive reputation.
The building is stone built and was in great shape. Steve and Helen restored it a year ago and they have done a great job. There were three apartments there but because they all had their own entrances and private patios it was possible to feel that you had the place to yourself or you can socialise if you wanted to. The apartments were so peaceful; you could hear the crickets every night singing away to you. The ground floor apartment was good for small children or disabled people as there were no stairs and the pool area was easily accessible. We stayed in their Papaveri apartment which had bedrooms and bathroom on the upper floor and we loved it.
The apartment had a wonderful outside dining and seating area. We could sit out every night and enjoy the views, a glass of wine, looking at the stars and listening to the crickets. Each apartment had its own private dining area and there was a shared barbeque area for eating out if you wanted to do a barby. We did one with guests in the other apartments one evening and had a great time.
The pool was amazing, it had a grey liner and was absolutely stunning. It was far enough away from the apartments that you could make a noise without fear of upsetting other people.
One night Steve and Helen hosted a pizza making evening where you got to roll out your own pizza, put on the toppings and watch it cooking. It was a fabulous evening and really relaxing.
The apartment furniture both indoors and outside was very comfortable. It was all beautifully maintened and Steve had made some of the tables and shelves from reclaimed old chestnut beams that were wonderful. The apartment was spotless we stayed over seven nights so Helen came in and cleaned the apartment half way through.
The living area was so comfortable it was difficult to go outside - although the views managed to encourage us.
The beds were comfortable. Helen said they had just been replaced as someone had complained that one was a bit 'lumpy'. She explained that the furniture was replaced regulary to ensure a high level of comfort. Our bedroom was extremely spacious (although we had lots of bags) and we had a large wardrobe and chest of drawers to store all our clothes in. The shower in the bathroom was great; it felt like a powershower so that at the end of day sunbathing you really got a good work out. The shower had been tiled and had a glass shower door to keep the bathroom dry.
The kitchen was fully fitted; the only thing that we missed was a potato masher however after mentioning it to Steve one day, he got us one for the following day.
The stove was great and got up to temperature really quickly. We cooked about 50% of the time and had no problems at all. There was lots of space for preperation of food and the pots/pans were the right size for everything we need to do.
Problems or Bonuses
We were really pleased with our stay. Helen and Steve were great hosts and advised us on where to go and what to see. The local walks were great and going out of season was a real bonus as it was still sunny and not too many tourists around. The apartment suppassed all our expectations and was a great find, we would encourage anyone to stay there to make sure the apartments are still there for the future.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The website showed the apartment very well, although it does not do justice to the views and setting nor the homely feel that you got from staying there.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would and have returned many times. There is so much to see locally and it is in such a wonderful peaceful yet accessable location that I do not feel there is anywhere as accessable that we have stayed at before.
Things to do in this area
We went to Perugia and did the chocolate tour which was great. Deruta makes wonderful handmade pottery and there is even a local beach 15 minutes drive away.
The views from the scenic drives are amazing, it is an area not too over cultivated yet has amazing beauty.
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