We spent a lovely relaxing week at this house in early August. Lake Trasimeno was beautiful and so much more chilled out than we could ever have expected. Despite the Rough Guide saying it would be packed to bursting with Italian tourists, we found it pretty empty everywhere. Sign that the recession is not yet quite over? The only downside that we could see was the amount of mosquitoes, but armed with industrial strength killer, we had a fabulous time.
The house was nice but the outside verandah and pool are what really made it special. The pool had a deep end and a diving pool which kids both young and old enjoyed. The garden had gorgeous views of the lake.
The owner’s brother Massimo lives upstairs and grows chickens. It was lovely to be sunbathing and see the chickens and their newly hatched chicks strolling around. Old 7 year old son loved checking up on the nesting chickens in bushes and got to hold a hatching egg in his hands. Magic! Massimo was a great host all around who not only gave us some lovely wine on arrival, but also some freshly laid eggs. I have never had better eggs in my life!
The inside pool table was a massive bonus which we enjoyed every evening after sundown. The beds in the house were comfortable and the 3 bathrooms were fine. Our only 2 small complaints were that the main bedroom and kitchen area were quite dark & devoid of natural light and could have done with some more lamps or lighter walls. Also, there was no hand soap in the toilets or washing up liquid or brush in the kitchen. We stay in villas all the time and are used to those kind of items being provided as standard.
The house is on top of a hill and you can easily walk to the lake where you have a choice of a few beach clubs and restaurants. We liked one called Ristorante Giramondo which was about 200 yards to the left once you had walked down the hill. Good, basic food, especially the pizzas & really friendly service. We ate there 5 times during the week, which is highly unusual for us! I suppose we were heavily lobbied to do so by our son who loved their kids playground and playing on the shore of the lake. Just as you are coming into San Feliciano proper, there is an Osteria called Rosso di Serra. It looks like nothing on the outside but inside it is lovely with cracking food. We ate there twice. On the river bank in town, next to the children’s playground there is a lovely bar. Slow service, but the Aperol Spritz is worth the wait.