Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 5090: Brigolante Apartments, Apartment
apartments on a farm near Assisi, Umbria
July 30 - August 6, 2011, one week
A short drive outside the historic walls of Assisi, gave me a picturesque, tranquil country home for my week stay at Brigolante apartments.
I received such a warm welcome from the owner and hostess, Rebecca. Rebecca, an American, married into an Italian family, who has owned and worked this land for centuries. Her knowledge of the area and her ability to communicate that knowledge in English was invaluable!
Her attention to detail was evident in all aspects of the stay. There were eggs from the agriturismo's hens in a basket in my kitchen along with the garden's luscious tomatoes and sweet, green peppers along with a jar of homemade cherry jam; a cruet of the farm's own olive oil, a bottle of their vineyard's own wine and an abundance of fresh herbs available for my taking. All thoughts of cholesterol have to go out the window when you are offered the opportunity of farm fresh eggs fried in homemade olive oil. What a treat!
My apartment was spacious and so comfortable. The kitchen had everything I needed. There was a TV with BBC in English to get my news fix. There was a huge bathroom with a full size whirlpool tub and shower - very welcome after hauling my heavy luggage. There was even homemade soap and lavender sachet on the counter with plenty of towels. Lawn chairs gave me a place to view the star-filled night sky.
The agriturismo's guests were invited to a family dinner outside on the large porch where we were served a meal made from the farm's bounty - ending with that wonderful indulgence of Rebecca's tiramisu! The dinner gave all of us a chance to get to know each other while we chatted about our travels around Umbria and hearing of life in Italy from Rebecca and her family.
This was one of those experiences I like to call 'postcard moments' - where a glimpse of life in another country is 'lived' versus the typical vacation activity of visiting monuments and attractions as an observer.
The only drawback of my stay - it was hard to leave.
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