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“A unique and original taste of Italy”

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Relais L'Antico Convento
Brisbane
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“A unique and original taste of Italy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2012

I intended to write this review months ago. What a lovely place to stay. Joan and her daughter took great care to ensure we knew how to drive to the property and gave us a wonderful run down of what to see and do in the area.

The apartments are located in a gorgeous, carefully renovated convent. Very clean, quiet and perfect for our family. We traveled with a 3 year old and a 5 year old and they had a ball. The pool is lovely, the outdoor hot tub was delightful and the space perfect for two little girls after a week spent on the streets of Rome. My husband didn't want to leave the grounds for two days, preferring to just swim and take in the incredible views.

I took the children for several day trips by myself without any trouble using Joan's instructions. We prepared several meals in the small kitchen rather than drive to a local village for each meal which was a treat as we had picked up some delightful supplies from local markets.

Much better than any hotel and a far more unique and memorable experience for our family.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2011

Our fouth family holiday (2 adults, three children) in Umbria. Our first time at Il Convento, which I do not hesitate to recommend. We stayed in Il Re appartment. Good sized, clean, very comfortable beds. Lovely location and well kept old buildings. The pool is far nicer than Il Convento's photos suggest, with a good shaded area and lots of sunbeds/chairs. Joan is very helpful. I understand she is selling but staying on in a managerial capacity.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2011

A wonderful place with all the luxury of a pool, hot tub, both with a panoramic view over the hills, spacious rooms with authentic furniture and all the equipment you need.
Sitting on the sunset terrace, having a nice BBQ and watch the rolling hills of Umbria - what more can you expect from a holiday home.
But in addition to all this perfect setting the host, Joan, makes the place truly special - just follow her blog 'Joan's view of Umbria and NYC', there is nothing to add. In short: New York Style in Umbria.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2011

Want to thank Joan for her wonderful hospitality. A consumate concierge with a personal touch. The Convento is on the onset a little secluded, however, once oriented, the location is ideal for day trips around the region. Once settled, and with Joan's concise directions, everything was at our doorstep.....Cortona, Lago Trasimeno, Perugia, Umbertide, Urbino, Gubio, Montone, Assisi, Deruta, Todi and Orvieto. The Convento has a wonderful location, with views, and plenty of "nature". Care is advised on the roads at or near dark for the wild boars, deer, and wild hare. Cuckoo birds will be your alarm clock along with mourning doves and other song birds. For a self catering apartment, it is well appointed with a local "alimentari" with great salumi, porchetta and fresh pecorino cheese. The grounds around the Convento are beautiful with olive groves and farms. Luigi the "guard dog", will more than certainly appreciate a scratch on his belly and is a great companion for either a morning or evening stroll. Will definitely plan a return visit as well as highly recommended to all who wish a quiet, relaxing, intimate getaway.

Room Tip: We stayed in room Dieci...great patio.
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2011

We just returned from our stay at the Convento Mincione, a beautifully restored convent on top of a hill in rural Umbria. The apartment was huge, with two private bedrooms and baths, and a large living room and open kitchen. From the window, we could see the moon rise over the Umbrian hills. Joan is a friendly, knowledgeable, helpful hostess. She recommended a terrific restaurant--La Cantina di Nunzio--where we ate fettuccine with duck sauce and scottoditto cooked over a wood fire. We had seen pictures of the convent on her website, but we weren't prepared for how truly beautiful it is. We definitely plan a return visit and we'll recommend it to friends.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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kluisbergen
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2011

Beautiful apartments in the most beautiful and peaceful surroundings. I cannot recommend them too highly. Each room has all modern comforts, but the renovation is extremely tasteful and fully in keeping with this ancient and characterful property. Each room has its own personality and its own antiques. The location is splendid - on the top of a hill amongst other wooded hills, standing on its own, but convenient at the same time for getting around Umbria. The highlight? Sitting out in the evening looking out over all the surrounding hills as the fireflies start to come out and dance around. We had two young children (6 months and 21 months) and they loved it, especially the beautiful pool with its own panoramic views over the countryside. The proprietor, Joan, is on hand to help with all queries, and she really helped make our stay truly special.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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northern ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2010

I have holidayed in Italy with my family more than 20 times in various locations in hotel and agriturismo accommodation; Il Convento Mincione is as good as it gets.

This ancient property has been beautifully restored and is full of character and the accommodation is of a superb quality. The charming American owner and & her daughter are on hand for advice and tips but maintain a discrete profile.

We stayed in the 2-bathroom 1+ bedroom 'honeymoon suite' (on two floors) which was spacious and packed with charm: beautiful beams, stone fireplace, oriental rugs, good lighting, well appointed bathrooms. and it had a very large private balcony with barbque and wonderful views.

The pool is a good size with secure fencing to protect your kids and there is a separate hot tub. My 12 year-old loved the 'animal' pen...rabbits/quail/various other small animal which kids are encouraged to handle & feed.

A unique property and a wonderful, relaxing location.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Relais L'Antico Convento
Address: Val Racchiusole 467, 06010, Umbertide, Italy
Location: Italy > Umbria > Province of Perugia > Umbertide
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Umbertide
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
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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