There can be few places on God's earth with a more tranquil and inspiring outlook than Castel Cellesi on the precipitous western hillside of the Tiber valley north of Rome, looking across to the shady mountains of Umbria. Add to this the warm welcome of a tiny village with a grand piazza, and the legendary hospitality of attentive host Eddie, and the ingredients of a perfect holiday are complete. The accommodation is comfortable and well specified with air-conditioning and wi-fi in most of the rental properties dotted around the village. A stunning clean, deep swimming pool with lawns and poolside bar is shared with other guests and village residents, but never overcrowded.
A personal welcome by Eddie on arrival is followed up by regular visits, usually with a fresh bottle of local wine, and genuine but discrete attention to our requirements for excursions, sightseeing or walking. There is nowhere worth visiting that Eddie isn't familiar with and can offer a rich travel guide from his own long residency in the country. The views from the surrounding hilltop towns are gorgeous and many famous (and little known) Tuscan and Umbrian sights are within easy reach. The awesome nearby volcanic Lake Bolsena provides contrasting experiences. After two fortnight visits to this region we haven't even scratched the surface and there is something about the atmosphere, food, wine, and friendly local feel that leave you wanting to come back for more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Italian Village Vacation is an association created to give people a completely different and unknown experience of Italy. A group of home owners have bought old houses in the village and lovingly and tastefully restored them. There are houses of various shapes and sizes, able to sleep from 2 to 8 people comfortably. All houses have comfortable beds with bathrooms and cooking facilities, and all are located in the centre of the village. ... more less