We stayed at Prato di Sotto for one week in late June/early July with our five month old son. Overall we had a nice time staying in La Terrazza, it was incredibly spacious with a very well equipped kitchen and a shady terrace. The pool was beautiful and Penny was friendly and helpful. However there were a few areas that could be improved to make the holiday experience even better.
Firstly, the apartment wasn't very clean. We're not clean freaks at all and understand the farmhouse is old but there were cobwebs in the corners of every room, dog hair and dust on the floors and the sofas/cushions smelt a bit doggy too! We asked the (incredibly friendly) cleaner to hoover the floor for us (the baby spends a lot of time on the floor!) which she did but in my opinion the whole apartment needs a really good deep clean. The bathroom was also a bit grubby and the towels were old.
Secondly, although the dogs were very friendly and we enjoyed their company, they do tend to go to the toilet wherever takes their fancy. This happened right in front of our apartment a couple of times and although Penny was very obliging at removing the mess promptly it was a bit off putting when it came to wandering out in your bare feet of a morning! Be warned, a favourite toilet spot of theirs is the gravel driveway so watch where you walk in the dark...
Thirdly, I think it needs to be stressed just how remote Prato di Sotto is! We've stayed in several places around Tuscany and Umbria over the years but this is very off the beaten track and a good 20 min drive up a very steep narrow track. I think if you weren't a confident driver you would find the drive very nervewracking. Obviously the location of the house makes it an incredibly peaceful place to be, with stunning views, but the drive up should be taken into account.
All in all we enjoyed our stay and I would recommend Pratto di Sotto to friends and family but I think some improvements could be made to improve future stays there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Prato di Sotto is for the connoisseur. This collection of historic stone buildings sits above the tiny 13th century hamlet of Santa Giuliana, not far from the market town of Umbertide in northern Umbria. Lovingly restored by the owner, Penny Radford, and furnished with her personal collection of kilim rugs and antiques from around the world, the emphasis is on comfort and style. Beds are large and comfortable with crisp linen sheets and kitchens are equipped for even the most demanding cook. Read our amazing reviews we have received from TripAdvisor members... 'A little bit of heaven' 'Prato di Sotto is the jewel in the Umbrian crown' ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Prato Di Sotto Italy/Pierantonio, Umbria