Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4135: Il Poggio degli Olivi, Apartment
apartments on a farm near Passaggio di Bettona, Umbria
May 2009, 3 nights
This country agriturismo is on a high hillside near Passaggio di Bettona, among the olive groves. It's right across the valley from Assisi (a half-hour drive). It's at the end of a paved road, so it's quiet and isolated, but not hard to get to. There are signs all over the area pointing the way to Il Poggio degli Olivi. They have built several one and two-story vacation accommodations, with apartments of various sizes. Plenty of easy parking.
It's a five-minute drive into the village of Passaggio where there's a supermarket and other stores. Looks like a town of about 2000. The agriturismo itself has a large restaurant with excellent food in the old 14th century villa. The agriturismo can arrange massage and health spa time on-site.
The "big house" of the farm is a 14th century building, well restored. It houses the offices and restaurant and is adjacent to the swimming pool. We rented two apartments for two nights. One had two bedrooms and housed three of us. The other apartment, next door, had one bedroom and I stayed there. Both apartments had kitchen, living room, and bathroom. There appeared to be about twenty apartments on the property, some with several bedrooms. All with nice exposed beam ceilings. Apartments had TV but no English language stations.
All apartments came with outdoor lounge chairs, tables, and there was a stone barbecue grill shared by all the apartments in our area of the complex. In late May there were healthy, huge rose bushes blooming all over the property. They have several different apartment areas, each with about eight apartments. Our two-bedroom apartment was on the second floor and had a big porch where we sat nightly and enjoyed the lights in the valley below us, and Assisi across the valley on a hillside. The agriturismo has a large pool adjacent to the main house/restaurant be we didn't use it.
The place was in good shape and comfortable, though there were no English language TV stations, and no air conditioning (they did have air conditioning and WiFi in the restaurant at the "big house"). Everything was clean when we got there, except the ice in the refrigerator ice trays looked like it had been there for years. Apparently the Italians have no use for ice, and I don't think this place sees many foreign tourists.
The beds were fine and the bedrooms, while not huge, were roomy enough. Bathrooms were clean and basic: lavatory, toilet, laundry basin (also known as a bidet), and small shower.
The kitchens were fine, with plenty of dishes, utensils, pots and pans, as well as an Italian-style stove-top coffee pot. We cooked several full meals and did fine. There was a microwave and small refrigerator, cook top with four gas burners, but no oven.
Problems or Bonuses
The hotel desk staff, pretty daughters of the owner, I think, spoke a little English and were helpful enough, though they didn't go overboard on friendliness or helpfulness. We forgot to buy sugar at the local grocery and when we asked for some at the desk, expecting a few sugar packets, they gave us a whole "five pound" bag for just one euro! We were surprised by all their rose bushes. Just beautiful. The farm also has pigs, geese, ducks, and deer. They sell their olive oil and pork products on-site.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked through their website. They responded within a day to e-mails and seemed happy to have our business.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We liked the place fine and would stay again, though if we return to the area we'll probably stay someplace else just to get the new experience. The location makes a fine home base for day-trips to Assisi, Spello, Montefalco, and the rest of Umbria. Since I had an apartment to myself, I guess the main thing I missed was an English language TV station.
Things to do in this area
The agriturismo has a pool, massage and spa service, and animals and the farm operation to look at. It's a half-hour drive to Assisi, just a little farther to Spello.
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