Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 691: Brigolante Guest Apartments, Apartment
apartments on a farm near Assisi, Umbria
October 2003, one week
The beautiful apartment is on a small working farm. Three apartments have been built on the farm. The setting was beautiful and felt remote, but was easily accessed from the road to Assisi. It felt private, but there was a shared outdoor area with the two other apartments and you were aware of ongoings with the three generations of family around the farm, but not disturbed by them, it was ideal.
You would want to drive to go to a store or restaurant. The closest restaurant was about a 10 minute drive, we didn't eat there. The store is a 15 minute drive and easy to get to coming and going from farm on day trips. You would definetly want to have a car if staying here.
The apartment was the perfect balance: character of the old stone buildings, beautifully decorated and with excellent modern furnishings, amenities and bathroom. It was very comfortable and very authentic. It was also great to have access to an outdoor picnic table, clothes line (the apt. had a washing machine), chaise lounges, dogs, veg. garden, fresh herbs, etc.
Yes, a lovely sitting area with a nice view and nice old dogs. The outdoor area was shared with the other two apartments, alhough we rarely overlapped with other guests. There is no pool. You could take nice walks from the farm toward the mountains.
The apartment was spotless, the bed was extremely comfortable, the furniture and art were beautiful and reflected the Umbrian style (wrought iron, linen curtains, local paintings and lithographs). The lighting was great, the bathroom was beautiful, big, modern. The kitchen furnishings covered all the basics needed. We had the smallest of the two apartments and it was perfect for a couple.
Exceptionally comfortable beds, the best sleeping in Italy was done here. We were in a one bathroom apt. The bathroom was great.
Yes, it was a small kitchen, as you would expect in a studio, but with an eating area and all the utencils one would need (no oven, just stove top).
Problems or Bonuses
The exceptional hospitality of the Italian and native English speaking host made the stay particularly great. Rebecca frquently surprised us with homemade: pesto, pasta, salami, soap, olive oil, wine, honey, jam. Rebecca was available, yet discrete, and was very knowledgable about the area and had great suggestions for dining, shopping, hiking, etc.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I highly recommend Brigolante. The balance of farm, beautiful own apartment with option to prepare some meals, easy access to Umbrian hill towns and exceptional hospitality made it ideal.
Things to do in this area
The dining in the small Umbrian hill towns was the best eating of our three weeks in Italy. Rebecca's "favorite restaurant" in Assisi was excellent. One day we easily took train from Assisi to Rome for a day to add some variety to beautiful quiet hill towns we visited on the other days.
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