Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2896: San Potente, Villa Rosy
apartments in converted farm house near Assisi, Umbria
May 26, 2007, 1 week
For details on the property I would refer you to John's excellent review 1869 - Villa Rosy. To save space and redundancy, let me simply state that I agree with virtually everything in that review.
Villa Rosy is a wonderful place for a family or up to four couples. It provides both privacy, space, and large lounging and eating areas for a group. The hospitality, availability, and knowledge of the owner is a critical factor in a happy experience in a vacation rental and Corinna and her parents are tops in this regard.
Corinna met us on arrival with a basket of wine, oil, coffee, eggs, and a cake baked by her mother. An annual local wine tasting day took place the day after our arrival. Corinna and her family guided us to their favorite winery where we had a great first day enjoying wines and local food. It was a wonderful start to a wonderful week.
Originally our connection was made with San Potente when I won a prize in the SlowTrav 2006 Contest. I won a week at Vallemela, which is another of their properties in Umbria. Vallemela is a one bedroom apartment which would have been great until ... my 20 and 26 year olds found out we were going to Italy. "What! Without us?!?" So ultimately it was Bridget & I, my two sons, my older son's girlfriend, and my sister-in-law. Villa Rosy was the only property that looked large enough for us.
Corinna graciously removed the expiration date from our original prize, so we hope to use it in the next year or two (don't tell my kids). We'd love to go at olive harvest time. San Potente is seriously in the oil business. They produce an award winning organic oil that is pressed within 36 hours of harvest.
The location of Villa Rosy was great for us. Although we didn't, you could take the train to Rome and back in a day (about two hours) if you need a city fix. The property is very convenient to a number of Umbrian towns ... Assisi is practically a walk, Spoleto, Perugia, Foligno, Todi, Orvieto, are all day trips. The house itself is sited on the hill ascending to Assisi and the views across the valley are spectacular.
Although we had too much cool weather to enjoy it, there is a beautiful new pool and plenty of outdoor furniture. There is a barbecue and a large marble table under a pergola of fragrant jasmine for outside dining. Plenty of bikes are available for your use if you can manage the hills. About a mile below the house is Rivotorto with a bakery, meat shop, fish shop, pasta shop, small grocery, and a nice place for morning coffee.
Corinna & her parents live in Foligno, but are at the property working the olives or gardening on most days. They are helpful but not intrusive. We recommend the property heartily and, knowing the standard that Corinna and her parents use in maintaining their rentals, I would welcome a stay in any of the San Potente properties.
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