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Castello di Montegiove
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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“Perfect blend of quality and relaxation”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

Stayed here for a week with our 3 boys and had a fantastic time. It was the perfect place to relax and the quality of the accommodation is first class. The apartments are beautifully presented, amazing new pool with uninterrupted views over the Umbrian countryside and generous hospitality from the owners Rikki and Lorenzo. An ideal base for exploring the region but the place is so inviting you just want to stay there and relax! Can't recommend highly enough.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Puerto Escondido
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Reviewed December 11, 2011

Stayed here for 10 days with friends (2 couples) and it was great. A little remote - 10 min drive to the nearest village that had groceries - but a good rural base for a holiday in Umbria. Most major towns within an hour drive and good hiking trails around the castle. Lorenzo and Rikki were wonderful hosts, place really well appointed and clean. Fantastic sunsets .. enhanced by Lorenzo's good wine ...

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Virginia
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Reviewed February 15, 2011

Castello Montegiove is a fairy tale come true. Just below the Castle’s wall, the olive mill, with its pair of grand, two story apartments, invites you to be part of the enchantment.

Umbria is beautiful; the hill towns captivating and the cities renowned and interesting. But those are only some of the reasons you should book this property as soon as possible. This is an extremely comfortable one-of-a-kind family retreat. It is equally perfect for a couple’s getaway.

In each of the spacious olive mill apartments, where once farm laborers produced rich olive oil, today guests can enjoy modern, luxurious and comfortable lodgings. The pictures on the website do not do the apartments justice. They are magnificent. Imagine high speed internet access in the thirteenth century stone vaulted living room. Everything is tastefully decorated and carefully appointed.

The huge barrel ceilinged kitchen and dining area is equipped with top quality equipment, china and glassware, as well as a dishwasher. The glorious kitchen speaks to the chef in each of us and encourages meals that take advantage of Umbria’s culinary specialties and complement both the wines of the Castle and the surrounding regions. Somehow Puccini seems to be the appropriate theme song.

What makes this so special are the young owners and their generous hospitality. The master and mistress of the Castle, Lorenzo and Rikke, were thoughtful and welcoming in so many ways – from the awaiting food basket and the accompanying bottle of Castle Montegiove wine and tin of olive oil to knowledgeable suggestions on what to see and where to visit. Lorenzo, a PhD agronomist, inherited the Castle and its many acres. He and Rikke, a gifted and talented clothing designer, are working to bring new life to the Castle and its land. The vineyards and winery are in production again. The groves of olive trees are fruiting and producing oil. Cattle, a breed that dates back to the Romans, have returned to the Castle’s pastures.

If the Misciatellis have time in their busy schedule, you might even be privileged to tour the Castle, their home, to learn about Lorenzo’s family, see the frescoes discovered beneath layers of paint and hear tales about the Castle’s history.

Castello Montegiove is an easy trip on the Autostrada from Rome, and a perfect center for day trips to Perugia, Assisi, Todi, Deruta, and Orvieto. It is also the gateway to walking and exploring the hills, streams, fields and quiet roads of Umbria. There is much to do in all seasons.

Nearby --- you can actually see the buildings from the Castle’s parapets --- is la Scarzuola. This ancient monastery, on the site where Saint Francis lived in poverty, had been abandoned by the Franciscan brothers. In the mid-twentieth century, it was purchased by an Italian architect who built his “perfect city” on the grounds. He intended the fanciful city to be a center for the arts. A visit to la Scarzuola is really a walk into the sacred and the profane. Mass is still held in the chapel of the monastery. Lorenzo or Rikke can make arrangements for a tour ---an absolute must! Touring la Scarzuola, unmentioned in most guide books, was one of the high points of our month in Italy. It is unlike anything else in the world.

If you are planning a visit to Umbria, I would book one of the apartments at Castello Montegiove now --- today. We loved it so much that we extended our stay! We plan to return.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Hermosa Beach, California
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Reviewed October 31, 2010

Rikki and Lorenzo have created a wonderful place for travelers of all types. My wife and I were there for nearly two weeks with our two young children. The castle and its surroundings provided plenty of enjoyment for all of us during the "down" time, and its location is wonderfully situated within 90 minutes of all the great "must see" towns and Ctiies for the "up" time. One of our favorites was Orvieto which is just a 35 minute drive away. The lodging was very clean and authentic, the grounds very nice, and the views are spectacular. We especially enjoyed the private tours we were given by Rikki and Lorenzo of the vineyards and castle, and the wine and olive oil making processes. The town has one small store that cooks up simple meals and has coffee and wine, and the grocery store less than 5 miles away has it all.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
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Tisvildeleje, Denmark
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed September 7, 2010

One of the best family vacations we have ever had. Luxurious and large apartment in the old olive mill just next to the castle. Situated on a hilltop in beautiful Umbria Castello di Montegiove offers the perfect combination of a peaceful country vacation and a proximity to cultural centres and beautiful Umbrian cities. The rooms were newly renovated and clean and next door castle was stunning. The perfect place for a family looking for an authentic Italian vacation in the country side. I will not hesitate to give the Castello di Montegiove my very best recommendations.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed August 22, 2010

We spent a wonderful spring week with our three kids staying at Castello Monte Giove.
The marchese Lorenzo Misciattelli and his wife Rikke gave us a royal treatment and we all enjoyed their hospitality. The olive mill is restored in the nicest way and to stay there makes you feel like a count yourself - it fulfilled all our needs. The kids loved to experience a true medieval castle.
Our days were spent both relaxing and enjoying the wonderful Umbrian countryside, taking some nasty bike rides ;-), and going on day trips (by car) to the beautiful cities of Orvieto, Assisi and Perugia and cooking and eating the most wonderful local food. Don't forget to enjoy the olive oil and wine that is produced at the castle. We are already planning to come back for the wine harvest in 2011.
Mikkel and Louise Buchter (Denmark)

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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Odense
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Reviewed August 18, 2010

The renovated olive mill forms the perfect setting for a holiday in Montegiove and Umbria. The view from the top of town with beautiful fields and the fresh air and the friendly locals are friendly welcome helps you feel comfortable. We took a trip to Florence and the following day to Rome, either way a short trip by train at approximately 1.5 hours. Lunch could we choose to eat at Gianni in Montegiove or cook in the newly designed kitchen, like the rest of the property bears the imprint of the Scandinavian roots as the owners have brought with them from Denmark. Offering guided tours of the castle is a must see and wine you can buy direct from the cellar, while you must remember olive oil to the salad - it may be recommended. We only have good memories and expects to return 2011th

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Castello di Montegiove
Address: Via Beata Angelina, 27 | Frazione Montegiove, 05010, Montegabbione, Italy
Location: Italy > Umbria > Province of Terni > Montegabbione
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Montegabbione
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Montegiove is a lovely and peaceful medieval village with less than 100 inhabitants, a charming wine-bar/, a restaurant and a recently restored picturesque church. The countryside surrounding Montegiove is fields and naturally grown forests with carefully marked trekking footpaths of various lengths. As Montegiove is close to the main communication lines and equidistant of Rome (154 km) and Florence (151 km), it is an ideal base for exploring the historical treasures of Umbria and Tuscany, especially the countryside of the historical provinces of Orvieto, Assisi, Todi, Spoleto, Perugia and Siena. In the vicinity of Montegiove is the notorious “La Scarzuola”, an old monastery and church founded by St. Francis of Assisi with a splendid garden and the so-called Città Buzziana. Charming and completely restored 13th century guest house of the castle (later partially used as olive mill) transformed into a luxurious country house with two spacious two-storeyed apartments, located at the ring wall of the castle. During your stay in the olive mill you have the possibility of being the Misciattelli family’s private guest and get a guided tour of the castle and the surrounding estate. The family is always ready to help with all practical needs whenever necessary during your stay. The apartments are equipped with satellite televisions, high-speed-internet connections, independent heating, fully equipped kitchens with dishwashers, laundry facilities and drying racks. The apartments are furnished in the traditional style of an Italian manor house with a tasteful combination of antique and modern furniture. The bedrooms have quality mattresses and in winter duvets. The two gardens have dinning areas, comfortable deck chairs and both have a beautiful view over the valley. ... more   less 
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Castello Di Montegiove Italy/Montegabbione, Umbria

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