Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2484: Owner, Cinque Ulivi
3bed/2bath house near San Terenziano, Umbria
October 2006, 1 month
Cinque Ulivi - a lovely two storey villa about a 1/2 mile off the Via Collazzone. Tranquil setting overlooking the valley towards the hill town of Collazzone. The villa is within walking distance of Agriturismo La Casella, which makes the corner of the Via Collazzone and the dirt track that leads to homes in the area. The neighborhood is quiet - a mix of British, Dutch and Italian homeowners - the location is fairly private, one villa next door which can see/be seen from Cinque Ulivi. The English couple that live there are retired and very nice. We loved the view of the hillsides and valley and the sounds of birds from early morning to sunset. Only noise problem was hunters during wild boar season and the Italian Air Force jets that strafed the valley twice while we were there.
Due to the hilltop location of San Terenziano, it would have been a very long, hard walk into town. By car it is about three minutes and you have two grocery stores, three restaurants, gas station, pharmacy, bakery, post office, two bancomats, Internet point, tobacconist, three hairdressers ...
It is a recently built home constructed in the old style with beautiful stonework. Everything is new and it is very bright and light, which was an important selling point for us. On the first floor is a living area and 2bed/1bath. At the other end is a large kitchen/dining area with a table that seats four comfortably.
The outside area was lovely and tranquil - private and with a large pool, although it was covered in October (which is normal). The pool and sitting area face northwest, with nice afternoon sun and gorgeous sunsets.
The furniture is new and quite comfortable. It would have been nice to have a big comfy chair for reading (for us older fuddy duddies who like to read as a pastime!) We were just two and the house was fine for just us - even though it sleeps six. I feel four would be the maximum number to inhabit the home comfortably. It was immaculate and the maid service was excellent.
The bed we slept in (upstairs - master suite with private bath) was very comfortable and linens were soft. The water pressure in the shower was excellent (for Italy). And there was always plenty of hot water (at least for just two). The master bath was a good size and like the rest of the house, had plenty of natural light.
The kitchen is fabulous - large, open bright and cheery and had absolutely everything we needed - plenty of pots, pans, full stove, convection oven, toaster, microwave, dishwasher and lovely full sized refrigerator/freezer.
Problems or Bonuses
The washing machine was a "bad" surprise - under the stairs, in the back of a cupboard with an angled roof sufficient for a small child or midget. Doing the laundry also meant becoming a temporary contortionist.
The drive from Via Collazzone is on a dirt road - not as good as a white road, and due to the extreme slope of the hill before the driveway leading to Cinque Ulivi, when it rains heavily, you need a four-wheel drive vehicle to have the freedom to drive in and out when conditions are not ideal. Our Fiat Punto (automatic) just barely made it up the hill in low gear on a couple of occasions after the rains.
Not a good area for walking or biking - too dangerous on the Via Collazzone and too hilly.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked directly with the owners, who are British. They were very helpful and communicative via email and offered us a nice discount for a month long stay in the off season (October)
Karen and Marc, who help manage the property, were there to greet us and whenever we needed help (so were our lovely British neighbors next door - Jan and Don!!!)
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would stay at Cinque Ulivi again and recommend it to folks who want the location and feel of the country without roughing it! It's removed, but not remote yet with all the creature comforts of home.
Things to do in this area
Will have to do a separate trip post on our activities - but one very nice surprise was the Ristorante Da Anna in San Terenziano, which served from 8am to 9pm (maybe later on weekends. Claudia and Federico (son and daughter in law of owner) are a dream team of waitress and chef ... she's Romanian and he is Italian and her English is impeccable but her personality is amazing! With the difference in dining times, we often had a really good veal or lasagna meal, or had rotisserie chicken to go with veggies. Reasonable prices and good, home-cooked food.
The CONAD Margherita in Collesecco (10 min drive) is THE FRIENDLIEST grocery store in Umbria - and quite modern with a great wine selection and good deli.
The town square in San Terenziano is quite lively with the locals and is a fun place to have a coffee and watch the scene! Then you can stroll along the ridge for a nice two-mile walk through an old residential district.
You are only 15 minutes to Todi, Montefalco, Deruta and 45 to Assisi, Trevi, Spoleto.
It's a perfect base for a slow vacation in the Umbrian Countryside.
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