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Review 3532: Owner, Casa Flavia
1bed/1bath apartment in Orvieto, Umbria
May 13-15, 2008, 2 nights
This was a beautiful newly renovated apartment in Orvieto, about two minutes walk from the main street up from Piazza Cahen.
It was on the first floor(no elevator, but only one long flight of about 20 steps) of an old building, and faces the back, so that we looked out from the terrace over quiet gardens and lots of lush greenery on other terraces.
Yes, you can walk everywhere in Orvieto's historical centre, and there were many food and wine shops nearby; within a 10 minute walk. Tons of restaurants, and lots of gelaterias and bars nearby.
Yes, the building seemed to be historical, though I don't know how old. It seemed to be the only rental in the small building of about four other apartments. It was in excellent shape, and looked to have been newly renovated. It was super clean, inside all the kitchen cupboards too.
You go in first to a dining room/living room, with a very comfy large sofa bed couch; all the walls are painted in bright colours, and with nice solid wood furniture in all the rooms.
There is a new washing machine in the utility shed out on the terrace, and a rack for hanging clothes out on the terrace.
The large private terrace is off the bedroom, and down a few steps, and is lovely, with a terracotta-topped table and four iron chairs; and lemon trees in pots. We had our breakfast out there one morning, and our lunch another day.
If the furniture wasn't new, it was very well maintained, and there was enough seating for at least five people. The whole place was spotless. If you wanted, there was a TV with Italian channels.
The bathroom was big, with a double size shower with a fold down seat in it; all beautifully tiled. And the towels!! Matching sets of huge fluffy new towels, and plenty of them!
The bedroom is huge, with a large queen bed and a single bed, and a dressing table and drawers, and a large closet.
The kitchen has bright red cupboards, a table and stools, and a full stove and oven, and large fridge. Also plenty of counter top space. Lots of very nice matching dishes, cutlery; and pots and pans, knives, etc. We cooked one night there, and did not want for anything in the utensil line.
Problems or Bonuses
Good surprises were having the lovely owner pick us up from the funicular railway in her tiny car! We just phoned to say we had arrived, and five minutes later there she was. She was most professional, and very welcoming.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agent I booked through was very prompt at all the transactions, and we dealt with the owner directly to confirm arrival time, final payment, etc. No complaints there.
The owner speaks English; and made sure we had her contact numbers, and gave us a very good orientation to the apartment.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would absolutely recommend this rental to everyone. It could sleep five comfortably without crowding, and we loved that it was so central yet quiet; and SO clean! The kitchen and bathroom were WAY above some usual apartment rental standards in Europe.
We thoroughly enjoyed it; and take our hats off to the owner, who maintains such a very high standard for her guests.
Things to do in this area
We mainly just wandered around Orvieto. We had only two nights there, (have to go back!!!) We cooked in the apartment one night and ate at an hosteria on the main street the other night; sorry can't remember it's name.
We did the tour of the caves under the rock, which was great, and I recommend it to get a feel of what you are actually standing on when you walk around the town! The weather was iffy, but we had a lot of sun when we discovered the medieval quarter, and had a good explore around there.
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