We have just returned from spending a week at the convent with our extended family and closest friends. It was the best week of our lives. We rented the entire convent, but apartments can also be individually rented. We spent a fantastic week seeing the local sites (Cortona, Anghiari, Gubbio, Umbertide, Assissi), relaxing by the pool, dining on the piazza, and generally getting to know each other a whole lot better. We also had a great evening wine tasting at a nearby vineyard, and visited the local Cantina which was authentic with great pizza.
Renting the entire convent meant we had so much privacy and freedom, it was great. The main benefit of the convent is that you are not under each others feet all the time, as each apartment has full cooking facilites and ample room.
The main purpose of our trip (which was easy to forget with the week-long party which led up to the 'big event'!) was our wedding in a nearby hamlet of Montone. It was an amazing, perfect day, with our guests having an fabulous time. The boys went to the Antongolla Golf course in the morning, and I had my hair done by the gifted Gaetano form Umbertide. Joan, who runs the convent, put us in touch with Sarah, who dealt with the documents for the legal side of things, and made sure that the wedding itself went super smoothly.
We then went back to the convent for the reception, eating al fresco with the beautiful scenery surrounding us. The caterer, Judith, lives in Montone and she and her husband Jeff performed wonders for the wedding meal. We arrived back to the convent to the noise of popping corks as the prosecco began to flow. The food was simply delicious, and was the nicest meal we had whilst in Italy. if you decide to get married here, I would highly recommend getting in touch with [--]. They also did a cookery class for us at the convent, which was a LOT of fun, but the best part was eating all the food after wards! Judith has the patience of a saint!
I can not say enough good things about the convent, or its owners Joan and Roney. From the moment we contacted them 15 months ago, they have done everything they could to make our time there perfect, from the decoration of the rooms, to the information on local sites in all the apartments, to arranging welcome baskets for our guests. Joan was also extremely helpful with the wedding arrangements, and genuinely enjoys being of assisstance. We thank them so much, from all of the Fairbairn / Barnes family and co.
If you are looking for an intimate wedding with a difference, then this is the place. Look no further!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relais l'Antico Convento, affectionately known as 'This Old Convent', dates back to the 12th century and is idyllically set amid sunflower fields and wooded hills on the border of Umbria and Tuscany. Umbria is known as 'the green heart of Italy', and is famous for its ruggedly beautiful landscapes, medieval Umbria hill towns, and Umbrian wines grown on the hills of Lago Trasimeno, as well as the award winning Sagrantino di Montefalco. Il Convento, is decorated in 'arte povera' style of Umbria and features wooden furniture from Citta di Castello and hand-painted ceramic vases from Deruta with kilim rugs thrown in for a touch of class. It's strategic position allows the visitor to reach some of Umbria's and Tuscany's most important artistic towns in less than an hour. The services on offer include a fantastic panoramic swimming pool, a huge garden with relax area, fully equipped B-B-Q area 7 km from the Convent is Antognolla Golf Club, a magnificent 18 hole course designed by the famous architect Robert Trent Jones II. For lovers of Sport and natural pursuits one can find paths for TREKKING, mountain-biking and walking in the grounds of the Convento; for the lovers of the horse they are available, in the vicinities of the company, the handlings in order to satisfy all the requirements. How to do at Il Convento: cooking lesson, relaxing massage, wine tasting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Relais L'Antico Convento Italy/Umbertide, Umbria