Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 930: La Fornace, Apartment
apartments on a farm near Assisi, Umbria
June, 2004, 3 nights
This was a fabulous rental about 4 km from Assisi. A car is definitely required as this property is about 1 km off the highway down a gravel lane. It has perhaps the prettiest setting I've ever stayed with manicured lawn, pool, ping-pong table, numerous bicycles for loan, and foosball. There are several buildings built in the 18th century all completely updated. Our 2nd story apartment had a view of Assisi and was priceless.
As mentioned, a car is required as the nearest grocery of any size (and open regular hours) is in Bastia Umbra, about 4 km away.
This was an old working farm converted to an agriturismo. The buildings are in great shape, updated, and very comfortable. There are, maybe, 4-5 other apartments in 2-3 other buildings.
Beautiful. It's all open with shared sitting areas. The pool area is fenced, very neat, but not heated, which would have been nice for early June.
Very clean and well taken care of. The dining area only seated 4, which was one short for our family of five (no big deal).
The beds were very comfortable; bedrooms were a little compact with rather nice furnishings, such as huge armoires and night tables.
Plenty of utensils and dishes and the appliances were fine. We were there only 3 nights and ate lunches and dinners out. (Why cook in Italy when no one else does?)
Problems or Bonuses
The chief surprise was how nice the area was maintained and the quiet of the area. Also, all of the amenities (pool, ping-pong, bikes) were all in great shape.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We dealt directly with the property managers. Anna is great to work with, but her English is limited. The reality of the place exceeded published information, in my family's opinion.
The cost for 3 nights amounted to 375 euros, which we felt was a steal. There is a 3-night minimum at La Fornace, which is unusual for this property type as most of them require 1-week minimum. La Fornace was the only property we found that could be rented for less than a week, which is why we stayed there in the first place.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We stayed in Italy 2 weeks, 3 nights of which were here, and my family's consensus is that this place was the highlight of the trip. This could probably be described as a "hidden gem" as we took a chance at staying here as no other reviews were written about La Fornace. We can without reservation recommend this spot to others.
Things to do in this area
If relaxation is foremost, this is the place. Assisi is 4 km away with the beautiful Basilica de San Francesco and other medieval churches. Our family chiefly ate at the hosterias and trattorias and generally had good meals that were of good value. We used Rick Steves' travel narratives as our guide to restaurants and sights and recommend his guide to Italy.
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