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Review 3064: Palazzi Rufini, Vecchio Molino
Apartments in a hamlet near Corciano, Umbria
25th Aug - 1st Sep 2007, 7 days
Palazzi Rufini is located in a small village near the town Corciano, which is about half way between Perugia and Lago Trasimeno. Even though the location is remote, itís easy to get to the motorway. Corciano is 10 minutes drive and is a small and pretty hill town, but thereís not much there. Perugia is 20 minutes drive, Cortona 35 minutes drive, Assisi 40 minutes drive, and Siena one hour drive. The nearest train station is Magione (15 minutes drive), but there are not many trains going from there. More trains go to/from Perugia and especially Terontola-Cortona, which is on the direct rail connection between Florence and Rome. Thereís a bus stop a few minutes walk from the house from which a bus goes to Corciano and Perugia. A car gives you more freedom to explore the area. We needed it anyway, as we had so many errands to do before the wedding. There are some restaurants in Corciano, but thereís a bigger choice in Passignano sul Trasimeno or Perugia. Our wedding was in Cortona, and although further than Perugia, itís much easier to get into the centre. Also, the town hall there was beautiful and suited our small wedding group.
There was a local small supermarket, little cafe and restaurant within walking distance, but nothing special. We would advise the use of a car to get more choice.
We booked this agriturismo more than a year ago as the main accommodation and reception venue for our wedding in Italy. We wanted a rustic building with lots of character, but nothing too grand and expensive, near Lago Trasimeno. We also needed a place that could accommodate about 30 people, bigger than that would have been too expensive as we didnít wanted to share the place with other guests. So, even though there are loads of agriturismi in this area, there werenít many that were just the right size; most were too small and some were too big. After making the initial choice of three properties through the Internet, we went to Italy to check them all out and make our final choice. Palazzi Rufini was beautiful, the location ideal and the accommodation price for all our guests was reasonable. It's a 13th century old hamlet with lots of history. In addition, the owner Enrico happened to be a chef which seemed very handy for our wedding reception. Our decision was made! Now, there are other accommodation/wedding reception venues in Italy that are more experienced with weddings, but they were more expensive than Palazzi Rufini and we needed to stick to our budget. Also, we didnít want a formal do, just a nice relaxed wedding with good food in a beautiful setting. During the preparations we could rely on Enrico to help us with many things, much more so than our wedding planner.
My fiance and I as well as most of our friends and family arrived on Saturday afternoon at Palazzi Rufini. Everyone was really impressed with their apartments which were quite spacious, very clean and mostly furnished with antique furniture. They are nicely decorated and most apartments have a particular colour theme which runs throughout. Most rooms have exposed wooden beams and the windows have shutters to keep the light and heat out. The kitchens are well equipped, some even have dishwasher and washing machine. There were some small things that needed sorting, but Enrico fixed them promptly.
There are some things that you should be aware of which caused some minor problems. For example, one apartment had two bedrooms with the only bathrooms being en-suite and a sofa-bed in the living room. This means that the person sleeping on the sofa-bed had to go through a bedroom with people sleeping in it when using the bathroom at night. Somehow, these things sorted themselves out. Please also be aware that none of the apartments have air conditioning. We were there in August and with the shutters closed during the day it didnít get too hot in the rooms, so we didnít find it a problem.
This is in a former barn next to the main house. You walk up some stairs and come to a little balcony before entering the apartments. Most mornings we were having our breakfast on this balcony, enjoying the sun and view. When entering the apartment, you come into a huge living area. Even though it had quite a big sofa area, dining area and other furniture, there was still more than enough empty space for us to practice our wedding dance. There was one bedroom with a double bed and single bed with en suite bathroom downstairs, which was occupied by a couple and one child. At the back of the apartment were stairs leading to a mezzanine with a double sofa bed which was unoccupied. Upstairs was also another bedroom with double bed and single bed with another en suite bathroom. This is the one that we stayed in. It had a lovely skylight window (with electronically operated blind) and was very cosy. The bathroom was nice and clean, with a powerful shower. This apartment suited our needs and we enjoyed the stay!
There is a huge garden and a big pool, which we used a lot. Around the pool there are numerous sun loungers and some trees that provide shade. There were also some hammocks to relax in which some of our guests loved. There are some sport facilities; e.g. grassed area with net for badminton or volleyball, table tennis and mountain bikes for use. The garden is mostly private and surrounded by trees, but there are also good views of the Umbrian countryside from certain corners. The pool was very well maintained and cleaned and featured a diving board. As the weather was so hot and sunny, we spent a lot of time in the garden. Thereís also a wood fired barbecue that can be used by the guests and we cooked our dinner on this most nights. There is parking for about 10 cars and the entrance to the property is secured by an electronic gate.
Yes, the furniture was in good shape, mostly rustic or antique pieces, which added to the apartments' characters. It was very comfortable and clean. There were more than enough chairs (and some "thrones"!) for everyone.
The beds were very comfortable and the room was nicely decorated. In our apartment we had two en suite bathrooms, one attached to each bedroom. The bathroom was recently updated and had a powerful shower.
There was a little kitchenette off the living area with everything we needed, and all appliances worked perfectly. We also had a dishwasher and washing machine in this apartment. It was nice to see some basic provisions such as salt, olive oil and dishwasher tablets already there, so we didnít have to buy everything.
Problems or Bonuses
The owners speak very good English and I believe some French as well. Enrico was very helpful whenever we had questions, either before or during our stay. He was also very well organised with the management of our wedding. I think we were the first wedding at Palazzi Rufini that was not family for him, but a paid business. You wouldnít have noticed that and everything went very smoothly. We were lucky that we could have the dinner outside on the patio near the main house, as the inside option would probably not have been so nice. He sorted out the seating arrangement with all the crockery beautifully and even decorated the garden. The food was absolute heaven and all our guests raved about it. The extra staff for the wedding was friendly and efficient, but donít expect formal waiters with white gloves. The atmosphere was very relaxed and informal, which is just what we wanted. We had a fantastic wedding and it was everything that we hoped for and more.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We definitely recommend staying at Palazzi Rufini!
Most of our guests stayed at Palazzi Rufini for the whole week and all of them absolutely loved their stay. The apartments offer various sleeping arrangements and you can check the website to see which suits you best. If you want to take the plunge and get married in Italy, depending on your needs and visions you have for the wedding, Palazzi Rufini is a great option for accommodation and outdoor reception venue. We had a beautiful wedding and great week at Palazzi Rufini and canít thank Enrico and Gina enough for all their hard work!
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