Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 771: Owner, Villa San Crispolto
9bed/5bath villa near Passignano sul Trasimeno, Umbria
september 2003, 1 week
North eastern Umbria, Between Perugia and Cortona. Located high up on the saddle of a hill overlooking Lake Transimeno this place is absolutely idyllic. Isolated and private this spacious estate sits atop a hill offering amazing vistas of the lake and countryside from almost everywhere.
Five minutes by car from the charming little lakeside town of Passignano, which offered nice little shops, restaurants, amazing gelato desserts and quiet afternoons watching the world go by.
The villa was absolutely gorgeous. The story goes that in the 13th century it was built as a church. Then in the late 1990's it was completely renovated into the luxurious villa/estate it is today. The detail and original textures are amazing. The property is divided into 4 seperate suites with 9 bedrooms and 5 full baths in the 3 main rental suites.
Surrounding the house are a series of wonderful gardens and olive groves. One morning I wandered the property and breakfasted on the fresh figs I harvested from a few of the trees. There are little corners and niches cut out everywhere with benches and seats for quite moments with the countryside.
At the top the hill at the end of the winding path through one of the olive groves you find the pool. A large in ground pool that we made the center of our lives for a few days. A wonderful place to sit and sun, gaze across the lake and the surrounding valley. With a nice lake breeze and the scents of flowers and fruits it was a favorite place to relax with a book and the kids. The kids went wild! Hidden in the garden is a small wooden shed with the CD player so you can even add your own soundtrack.
Rumor has it more than a few couples slipped off to the pool at night for a private rendezvous.
The villa was well decorated and furnished, the fresco over the fireplace in the kitchen was a favorite. There were several sitting spaces throughout the villa (inside and outside) for people to congregate.
The bathrooms were spotless and new. The beds were often canopied and very comfortable. The bedrooms were clean and airy.
We are food people, we had chefs, restauranteurs and food editors in our group. And they swooned over the kitchen. It sat 20 comfortably at a long country table! There were 2 ovens and 2 stoves and 4 wine coolers(!) plus an authentic Tuscan grill in the yard. You have to eat dinner out on the main patio over looking the lake to realize just how wonderful an environment a meal can be served in!
The tables & settings were beautiful and there was a seemingly never ending supply of stemware to satisfy our lust for the local wines!
Problems or Bonuses
Was pleasantly suprised to find internet access to reconnect with the world for a few minutes, plus a house cell phone to make use of.
But the nicest suprise were the owners, they were lovely young people.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked with The Parker Company (as Villa Santo), although I understand the owner went solo this year and now books the villa himself.
The owners met us upon arrival and gave us all a tour and a small cocktail party. They were amazingly nice, recomending and helping with our questions.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT !
I am in sales and have given the villa's info to many of my customers, whose business I would jeopardize with a poor and ill conceived recommendation! We definately plan to return, as soon as is possible.
Things to do in this area
We all rented cars and in small groups we did a few day trips to the nearby towns of Cortona, Assisi, Perugia, Castiglione de Lago, Montelpuciano, Deruta, Toddi, Gubbio a few people even took the train right from the middle of town into Florence for a day (& they loved it!)
There were ferries from town out onto the lake isles and across. The central location offered short drives to numerous charming little towns in the area.
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