We are regular visitors to Italy and have just returned from 4 nights at Agriturismo Casa Branca. Paolo and Emanuela greeted us with their two golden retrievers, watched by Mao, the cat. Their seven bedrooms are decorated in a range of attractive colours. We chose the Brazilian yellow and green room and liked it, especially with its modern bathroom, (soft towels and very good shower). Highlights of our stay were the peaceful location amongst pines, proximity to interesting places, and the meals at Casa Branca! Breakfasts offered a choice of cereals, fruit, breads and delicious filter coffee. In the evening Emmanuela'a cooking was amazing: there was no menu but we didn't want one or need one! Every meal was a real pleasure. A good red wine was included in the cost.
As keen walkers, we explored the many trails in the nearby moutains (Monte Cucco National Park), and the streets and alleyways of Gubbio, returning to the swimming pool at Casa Branca in the late afternoon. If you like the informality and friendliness of an Agriturismo in a historic area, and the delights of good cooking, this must be one of the best. What makes this place special? Just one small example: we asked for 2 glasses of white wine as we watched the sun go down, and never had to ask again. It was offered every evening. In short, Casa Branca is a class act! We hope to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A stone-house on top of a hill at about 10 minutes by car from the medieval town of Gubbio, with 5 double rooms, 1 junior suite and a cottage. Perfectly restored to international comfort standards, Casa Branca combines the traditional umbrian style with touches of colour that speak of the owners experience in Latin America. Candle light dinners (also vegetarian friendly on request) are served in the restaurant area facing the huge fire place. The garden offers chaise-longues and umbrellas, tables and chairs, and a wonderful pool surrounded by pine trees. ... more less