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Review 2902: Montefalco Mob, San Bartelomeo
2bed/2bath apartment in Montefalco, Umbria
May 2007, 6 days
The apartment was in the the village of Montefalco. It was in a beautiful location overlooking the beautiful Umbrian valley.
Small markets for coffee, fruits, veggies, meats, pasta and pastries were a few minutes walk. A grocery store and pharmacy were a short driving distance. There were five restaurants and a few enoteccas also a short walking distance. There was an ATM and a cafe had Internet access.
The apartment is in a very old building but has been recently remodeled. It was in a row building with other homes. There was one other apartment in the building. The apartment was extremely quiet except for the wonderful church bells that rang every morning. Its a two-story apartment where you enter on the ground floor shared by the other apartment. You enter and go up a flight of steps to the main living area, and bedroom/bathroom. The 2nd bedroom/bathroom is up another flight of stairs (a narrow circular staircase) that main be a problem for some. The washing machine is also located on this floor.
There were large windows in the living/kitchen area that looked out over the valley.
There was a small sitting area off the upstairs bedroom, you had a view if you stood up. I think it's really used for and came in handy for drying laundry. They did have table and chairs.
The apartment was spotless, and in excellent shape. The furniture was brand new and consisted of a leather couch that was comfortable and two leather chairs. They were kind of wobbly. I think they were designed that way, sort of like a rocker. There was a wooden farm table and four chairs. There was a plasma TV on the wall.
These were the most comfortable beds I have slept in, even better than my own! They had lots of blankets and soft pillows. Each bedroom had a queen bed with its own bathroom and shower that were well equipped with soaps and hair dryers. I don't recall if the downstairs bedroom which was was smaller had a closet, but the upstairs bedroom had a closet, an armoire and nightstands on each side of the bed. The lighting here was great for reading.
This kitchen is a cook's dream! Brand new appliances with a full size refrigerator and a gas stove/oven. The best quality pots, pans, utensils and dishes, I was envious. I wish my kitchen had this quality of everything. Dish servings for six including wine glasses and cappuccino cups. I cant forget the sharpest knife set. Puts my Wusthoff set to shame. Included were-things like coffee, tea, salt and pepper.
Problems or Bonuses
A nice surprise and a blessing was the screens on the doors and windows as it was buggy. There was an honor jar for local wine and olive oil, that was in the kitchen. They had a jar and you just put in money for what you used. I think they recommended €5 per bottle. The wine was excellent. The apartment had nice books and maps of the area.
Getting in and out of town was very easy and we could park our car close to the apartment.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I cant recommend the agency enough. They were extremely helpful and responsive. All of my emails were responded to within 24 hours. I believe the agency is run by Britons so there was no language barrier in written communication. We were met right on time by a British woman that lives in the area and gave us our walk through.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay here again and highly recommend this apartment and agency. They do book up far in advance though. I made reservations a year ahead and they only had a two bedroom available, otherwise we would have rented the one bedroom apartment.
Things to do in this area
Spello, Assisi are about a 20 minutes drive and Norcia, a cute village specializing in wild boar and truffles 45 minutes away. We took a cooking class with Madonna Del Piatto just above Assisi, that was very enjoyable. Our favorite restaurant in town was L Alchmista and my restaurant reviews have been posted. We went wine tasting and Palo Bea and Antonellis.
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