Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4194: Villa Nuba, Apartment
apartments on the outskirts of Perugia, Umbria
May-June 2009, 9 weeks
Villa Nuba is everything you could dream of for an Umbrian holiday. It's close to the city of Perugia but far enough away to be peaceful and picturesque. We are already planning our return trip and we've only been gone a week.
We could walk into Perugia in 30 minutes although 400m was very steep. We got very fit over the two months. we could walk easily (5-10min)to Sant Erminio where there is a supermarket, hairdresser, bar, bus terminus, pizza restaurant etc.
The apartment (2bed/1bath) was on the ground floor with two other apartments above and to the side. It was beautiful, private and very spacious. Two large bedrooms, superb bathroom with spa bath, bidet and washing machine. the living room/dining room was elegant and large. The apartments are part of the very old (14th century) house. The owner and his family live in a house alongside the apartments.
The pool was fabulous for swimming and I had Pilates classes next to it. The outside area we had was very private and there was other space with a BBQ etc. The outside dining table was made nearby in Deruta of lava rock and decorated in ancient Umbrian style - a real work of art.
The apartment was very clean and cleaned completely every two weeks of our nine week stay. There was adequate furniture for us as a couple and for our guests.
Beds were quite comfortable and the bedrooms beautifully furnished with antiques. The bathroom was superb.
The kitchen was barely adequate for two people who love to cook. Most people who are in Umbria for only a week or two would visit many of the great restaurants in Perugia. However we were studying for nine weeks and love to use local ingredients to cook . There was no real oven and a few utensils.
Problems or Bonuses
Our hosts were unbelievably hospitable - nothing was too much trouble. They live on site and were always willing to act as chauffeurs, tourism advisers, language interpreters and bargain consultants. The extras they provide: the welcome food hamper (great after traveling all day); the first trip to the supermarket; the Pilates lessons; the intimate knowledge of everything and everybody in Perugia and surrounding areas were invaluable.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked directly with the owner so felt we knew him before we arrived. I speak Italian so it was good practice but the owners do speak English. This is luxury accommodation but since we stayed for part of the time in the shoulder season it was, we thought, quite reasonably priced. It isn't cheap but provides value for money.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We will be back-for sure. Those who can't walk much would find it a bit far from Perugia although the buses are frequent. It's a very hilly city. I have already recommended the place to several friends. It was perfect.
Things to do in this area
We studied Italian at The University for Foreigners in Perugia. We had a car so visited many of the hill towns of Umbria and Tuscany-Perugia is very central.There are so many great restaurants in Perugia and they are reasonably priced. The wine is great too. Il Cantinone, Cafe della Gabbia and La Lanterna were favourites for everyday. In nearby Montone the fabulous Ristorante del Capitano deserves a Michelin star. I bought a fabulous made to measure leather jacket at the Zugarone factory in nearby Magione. The ceramics are spectacular too.
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