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The villa and pool was fantastic and perfectly suited to our needs for two weeks. The villa itself is well appointed and had everything required for our self catering holiday. The bedrooms and two bathrooms were perfectly adequate - beds were comfy, bathrooms were clean. The kitchen and living room was fine for preparing meals when we weren't using the BBQ. However, we didn't use the inside space much and this is where the villa comes into its own. There is a spacious covered veranda where we sat out, shaded from the daytime sun, and in the evenings ate and drunk in the balmy nighttime temperatures.
The veranda overlooks a spacious garden containing a wonderful pool which is large enough to swim lengths in or just lounge on kilos (not provided). The views from the villa and pool are spectacular looking through a line of cypress trees to the Umbrian hills in the distance.
The villa and pool is set within larger grounds that are private and not overlooked in any way. We whiled away much of the time on the loungers and in the pool enjoying the Umbrian weather. There are places to take time out of the sun by the pool or on the veranda.
Alessia was there to meet us when we arrived and was on hand for any questions via Whatsapp during our stay. The pool was cleaned twice while we stayed and it was a nice touch for sheets and towels to be changed each week.
The villa itself is fairly remote but reasonably close to local villages where there are restaurants and small supermarkets. The nearest populous village is Melezolle, about 7 minutes drive, which has a great pizza restaurant, a small supermarket and butchers. Slightly further afield, about 15-20 minutes by car, is Avigliano Umbro which has several great restaurants at reasonable prices. There is a larger supermarket, banks and other local shops.
The area itself is stunningly beautiful and there are a number of towns/cities/views within 30-60 minutes drive that are well worth exploring: Orvieto, Todi, Spoletto, Narni, Perugia, Assisi, Marmore Waterfall, etc.
We had a great stay and can thoroughly recommend this villa. The only criticism we had was the additional €100 cleaning charge which could have been included in the overall price. Likewise the €400 deposit is problematic if Euros are not your national currency and the money is only returned at the end of the holiday meaning that they have to be changed back. However, these are minor niggles and didn't detract from a perfect holiday.
The house is set in a beautiful position with great outside living facilities such as a shady verandah, brick build BBQ and wood-fired pizza oven. The view is entrancing and changes hour by hour so that watching it can become a major occupation (especially from the well-positioned hammock in the trees). Inside the house is cool and clean, decorated in traditional style but with thoughtful amenities such as books in a range of languages and lots of adapters. The kitchen is well-supplied with utensils and crockery and all the usual necessary gadgets. Eugenio was a very responsive and courteous host - even finding us the World Cup football games (England were playing) live stream website from Italian media. The bathrooms both needed a little attention when we arrived but again Eugenio and Ricardo were able to sort out the shower in one very quickly and would have sorted the shower door in the other if we hadn’t gone out just as the plumber arrived. A car is vital and the off-road access is a little nerve-wracking until you get used to it but we would absolutely go back again. There is so much to see and do when you can tear yourself away from the pool and the view. Many thanks, Eugenio - it is a lovely place and we had a great time.