Have had 2 brilliant holidays here, lots of relaxing around the pool, bbq's, alfresco eating, not to mention sampling delicious red wines. The property was everything we were looking for and the location is fantastic, just a few hrs from Florence or Rome and stunning scenery around the local area, Loraine is the hostess with the mostest and gives wonderful advice with great local knowledge and further afield too. Would highly recommend this to anyone who us interested in a holiday in this region...
We have stayed here on three occasions; the first time being in 2003. We love it here and the house and Giove have become our home from home.
Loraine and Francesco go beyond the call to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. They are lovely, warm, welcoming people.
The house itself is charming and there is everything you need to self-cater during your stay. The views of the hills from the top bedroom terrace are breathtaking, and whilst the last thing you would want on holiday is a thunderstorm, you should witness an Umbrian thunderstorm from the top terrace!
The real allure of the house are the external areas. There is a fantastic dining terrace outside and the pool area is stunning.The is ample shade to relax with a book and your children will never be bored with the stunning Romanesque pool all to themselves! You can hear the wild boar at night, an if you are lucky, you might spot one or a porcupine. Teeming with windlife.
Giove is a lovely, well serviced village/town, with post office, bank, small supermarket, butcher, chemist, baker... Take a look inside the ancient castle building and the little church.
Please, please do not miss the superb pizzas at Ristorante Da Piero, and also the lovely pasta, risotto and other dishes. The owners are charming and friendly. After your dinner at Da Piero, take a walk through the narrow old side streets, to see the ladies knitting at their doors, and make your way to the Night Cafe for an ice-cream, and sit and watch the spectacular sun-set and the views.
Further afield, the beautiful hilltowns of Umbria, Todi, Assisi, Perugia, Spoleto, to name just a few, and Florence, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignan in Tuscany and the coast in Le Marche, are all at your feet, depending on how active you want to be. Rome is so easy to get to by train from Orte, a nearby town. We've done Pompeii an Naples in a (albeit long) day trip.
I cannot recommend a stay here highly enough.
I can hear our fourth stay beckoning..............
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