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Location: well off the beaten track, high on the hillside. You can sometimes hear the road far below, but the aspect is lovely.
The property: The Nest is beside the Tower, and discreetly placed among trellis-work, with its own private space. However, the access out to the pool and the gardens is so simple. The garden is well-maintained (many flowers in bloom when we were there) and the olive estate at the far end of the property is a working business.
The accommodation: 'Cosy' is a fair word, and it loses a review star for the lack of storage, and hanging space (eg for towels to air), but there is room enough in the fridge for essentials bought in from the shops and markets, and the bed was large and firm (with crisp linen). We had no trouble with mosquitoes, but there was good provision to keep them out.
The wi-fi signal was fine, although it seemed to work better for the iPad than the phones ('limited connection' more than once. Maybe that was just us?)
If you don't like cats, then the friendly 'confidence' of the residents will potentially be something you need to deal with; but we loved the company of Lala, Remolo, and several others - all clean and healthy and with affectionate characters.
Service: Beatrice is a charming and discreet host, who will provide great local insights and valuable personal experience. If we needed anything, she would gladly research or enquire for us, and always with kindness and humour.
Overall, this can either be a peaceful retreat where you can sit in the sun (or shade!),and devour books by day then dine out by night, or you can simply use it as a base for the many stunning historical towns and villages, and green valleys and mountains. Or, both. It was a pleasure to find, and we easily made ourselves at home there for our week's stay. Recommended!
Spoleto charming and full of interest. The steeple and tortuous access became a problem when the driver had an inner-ear problem: rescued by the wonderful Sophie and Franco, who provided taxi service and support with hospital visits. Cured within 48hrs (Hospital Staff were super): these were the days it rained. The views, the crepuscular visits by wild boar piglets after the fallen figs, the hot tub... each a delight. Such a shame the aqueduct remains closed, even to pedestrians, or it would have been an unqualified success. Being too mean to hire mr AVIS' satnav, got wonderfully lost between Spoleto and Orvieto: the scenery was magnificent. I will aim to get lost again the next time I visit! The unexpected gem was Bevagna, ancient, solid, largely unspoiled: well with a visit, if only to slow down even more.