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Reviewed June 14, 2012

Great service, great food and fantastic friends.
Steph and Derek makes your holiday into a great experience.Dereks cooking and Stephs
cakes are to die for....
They help you with a visit to different cantinas around the area.Don`t drink too much wine!
The swimmingpool is very nice and clean. The BBQ they served us was magic.

Room Tip: all of the rooms are perfect
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Stephanie M, Owner at La Serena, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2012

Thank you for your lovely comments :))

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Reviewed June 13, 2012

‘La Serena’ isn’t just a B&B. It’s a place you dream about and a place that you don’t want to leave.
The location is perfect for soaking up the riches of Umbria. The charming B&B is surrounded by stunning countryside and views of historical villages with cobbled streets and character. Beyond the scenic surroundings are places of great interest and curiosity such as Assisi, Todi, Gubio and many more intriguing towns with castles and churches. You don’t need to be on the coast to find a sandy beach because the lake at Castiglione del Lago has its own.
The choices for day trips, restaurants and vineyards are endless and that is one of many reasons why we are returning to ‘La Serena’ next year.
When approaching the delightful B&B from an elevated position you can admire the style of the building. It is a large Italian villa where the grounds are divided into what feels like little rooms. There are landscaped gardens, a lawn area, vines and a good choice of outside seating options. The swimming pool is a great added bonus, an ideal size with ample sunbeds and umbrellas.
The property is kept in pristine condition and there is ample space for parking. We recommend that you hire a car for your stay in this part of Umbria although transport can be organized if requested.
‘La Serena’ is an enchanting B&B and the owners, Steph and Derek have a great eye for detail and the care for their guests is refreshing, helpful but not intrusive.
The catering is of a very high standard. Fresh, varied, ambitious and extremely tasty. There are refreshments available all day and plenty of Vino!
The en-suite bedrooms are a generous size with good quality bathrooms. In the bedroom there are dressing gowns, tea and coffee making facilities, pool towels, a hair dryer and chocolates on arrival.
I am well-travelled and I would say that Steph and Derek have hit the nail on the head and created a wonderful B&B. Their knowledge and hospitality makes 'La Serena' an ideal place for couples and families to stay at.
Steph and Derek seem to have achieved the perfect balance and many should learn from them.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Stephanie M, Owner at La Serena, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2012

Thank you very much for your lovely review of La Serena.
Very much looking forward to seeing you again next year!! All the best, Steph & Derek

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Reviewed November 4, 2011

I can only endorse what everybody else says about La Serena. Steph and Derek could not be more welcoming, the house is beautiful, the rooms superb and the breakfasts and dinners are absolutely teriffic. The dogs are great fun as well. The great thing is that Steph and Derek are plainly interested in making your stay as memorable as possible. They really go out of their way to make you feel that you have a home from home in their house and to ensure that you have everything that you need.

Great value and we shall certainly go back again when we can.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good.
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Stephanie M, Owner at La Serena, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2013

Thank you for your lovely comments - we hope to see you again soooooonnnnn.....

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Reviewed August 18, 2011

Had a wonderful 3 night stay either side of renting a villa in Umbria. Derek & Steph are very friendly and accommodating; extremely knowledgeable about Italy and the bonus; great cooks (Steph makes the desserts)! The house is bigger than the pictures suggest with a lovely family feel, large swimming pool and breakfasts as good as any boutique hotels I have visited. Also, La Serena is a perfect base from which to discover Umbria (Assisi, Trevi, Terni, Todi, Spoleto) and only 40 mins from Perugia airport.
Steph & Derek deserve the best reviews as they work incredibly hard to make you welcome, show a genuine interest in children and nothing is too much trouble.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 22, 2011

We stayed 7 nights with Steph and Derek. The B&B is very modern with every amenity that we could dream of and wonderfully located. It has a fabulous swimming pool and a general atmosphere that made us feel really at home.
But the best part ? The people. Derek cooks brilliantly and is so knowledgable ( particularly the Umbrian stuff ). Steph behaves like a tour courier rather than a hotel owner, always willing to advise on all things Italian. We have been to Italy often but have never learnt so much about the people, places, food and wine.
I cannot recommend La Serena highly enough. Just go there.

Room Tip: Simply tell the owners what you want and they hel.
  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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