We (myself, husband, 20month old daughter & father-in-law) stayed for a week while attending a wedding at Borgo Di Bastia Certi (20 min drive). We chose Marilena la Casella based on the Tripadvisor reviews and were really looking forward to a relaxed holiday in rural surroundings but when we read the June 2014 reviews we were a bit dubious about our choice. I emailed Marilena about our concerns and the reply made us look forward to our trip again.
We found a clean & comfortable apartment with friendly & very helpful owners who had also been very helpful with answering our questions before we arrived. Although the restaurant is very very close we weren't comfortable leaving our toddler on her own asleep but Guiseppe & Marilena kindly prepared our dinners so we could enjoy them in the apartment. And boy did we enjoy them! We ate there every night (except the night of the wedding!), price varied depending on what we had but very filling meal & wine averaged 20-25 euros per person. We all enjoyed exploring the grounds & my daughter particularly enjoyed meeting the animals. Communication wasn't too difficult despite our total lack of Italian, our phrasebook was handy although Marilena's daughter / daughter in law speaks very good English. The shutters made the rooms really dark so we all (including our toddler!) enjoyed some lovely long sleeps. Our hire car (from v close to Terontola- Cortona station after getting the train from Rome) was very well used, we had some great day trips to Arezzo, Cortona, Perugia and Castiglione del Lago including cycling part of the way around the lake with toddler on a bike seat. Our only disappointment about the apartment was said toddler not wanting to go swimming in the on-site pool as it was a bit too cold.
Thank you to our hosts for a very enjoyable stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Agriturismo Marilena la Casella is a farm open to tourists which offers its guests a real agritouristic experience. An Agriturismo is not only an accommodation in the countryside but a way to show agriculture, its produce, farming and the relationship with nature and the surrounding territory. In the past our country house was occupied by farmers and today it has been renovated into six rustic accommodation facilities, a lovely restaurant, a swimming pool and 2 hectares of fields where we produce vegetables and breed animals. The country house towers above the whole valley of stream Niccone and the view opens onto such beautiful hills, the cultivated valley and the ruins of two old castles in the distance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Agriturismo Marilena La Casella Italy/Lisciano Niccone, Umbria