Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2459: Poggiovalle, cottage
cottages and apartments on estate near Citta della Pieve, Umbria
October 2006, 3 nights
We rented a 3bed/2bath cottage cottage on the Poggiovalle estate, one of the largest farms in Central Italy encompassing some 15 square kilometers of land. There are several buildings with vacation rentals, including apartments. This small casa was set back from the main complex in "borgo granaro", near the pool and another buidling of apartments. It was absolutely silent with loads of stars overhead at night. There is a wildlife refuge area within the complex and one evening we were stopped in the little road by a pair of deer while a night owl flew ahead of us. We loved this setting and wished we could have stayed longer.
A car is a necessity, both to reach the farm and to get around the spawling complex. The nearest hamlet with supplies is about five minutes' drive. Citta della Pieve is about 10-15 minutes up the hillside. Poggiovalle is close to the A-1 so fairly easy access to the place but it is still very secluded.
The building was a cottage in beautiful condition with a combined living and dining area, which included a fireplace, a large kitchen with all the basic cookware essentials, three bedrooms and two baths. It is an independent house but there are other apartments and houses nearby. There is a covered patio in front and pool just up a little hill from the house (closed in October, of course).
The grounds are beautiful and we were told to feel free to wander all over the farm as we wished. It was a bit rainy during our stay, unfortunately. There is a private covered patio and a lawn in front of the house for guests' use.
Furnishings were in good condition. The sofa and chair in the living room seemed a bit old but well-kept and clean. Beds were comfortable and dressed in lovely linens. We were well-stocked with nice wool blankets against the chill (as well as an automatic heating system :) It was clean and well maintained. A small house, it was nonetheless comfortable and cozy.
Beds were very comfortable and I considered swiping one of the heavy wool blankets (I didn't!) One bedroom was larger; other two were smallish but not as small as most hotel bedrooms in Italy. Baths are equipped with shower stalls and all functioned perfectly well.
The kitchen was rather spacious and well-equipped. We didn't end up cooking any meals there other than breakfast but there is a door to the outside in the kitchen which lets in a lot of light. There is a dishwasher.
Problems or Bonuses
The only minor problem we noted is that the fireplace smokes a bit. In the kitchen they hung curtains which are lovely, but interfered with opening the drawers next to the window. We were surprised by how enormous the estate was, and that there is a refuge there, so that was pleasant. It's a pretty setting and we liked having a separate house to ourselves rather than an apartment.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I booked through the owner's website; they were responsive and helpful. They speak perfect English. Everything was as it was represented, though the photos online may not do justice to the place. It was a pleasant little house and we'd have liked to stay longer.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I'd definitely recommend it and would return myself anytime.
Things to do in this area
Nearby Citta della Pieve offers some beautiful artwork and good dining (try Bruno's and Osteria del Duca). Orvieto is just about 20 minutes down the A-1. We also made a daytrip to Assisi and to Todi from here.
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