We drove from London, through France, through Switzerland, through Alps, through Genoa, through Tuscany and finally arrived in this amazing villa near Spoleto, Umbria. For just over a week this charming villa was our sanctuary from a busy world. I was constantly amazed at the natural beauty, the peace and tranquility that surrounded us. You had to work hard to hear anything other than bird song! Each morning we were greeted by a basket of fresh produce from the gardens, freshly laid eggs from the hens and happily lots of sun! Elisa efficiently manages the villa and met us when we arrived with a life saving selection of treats; local wine, pasta, bread, milk and cheese! We opted for Cats in Residence and found as the week went by that we all became very fond of them. The house is very comfortable and spacious. The kitchen is generously stocked with herbs and spices, teas and coffee! The swimming pool was managed by their Gardener, Nicola, who kept it beautifully clean whilst tending to the gardens. It was hard to find a leaf out of place!
We attended a wedding at Abbazia San Pietro in Valle and the chapel and abbey are definitely worth a visit and have to be seen as it sits in the awesome surroundings of magnificent tree covered hills. We had drinks at Bar La Portella which is located at the top of Spoleto's old town, next to the medieval aqueduct, the Ponte delle Torrie and Spoleto's castle. The views were wonderful, especially as the sun was setting. We drove through wonderful towns and villages and lunched in Montefalco and other hillside towns. All in all, it was a fabulous week. It is a great area for walking, cycling and simply luxuriating in all the delights of Umbria. We will visit again! Just some more words of praise for Elisa... we enjoyed a whole morning of Italian conversation together and she is delightful company. She introduced us to some very special Italian beer that certainly hits the spot on hot afternoons and arranged for us to take a couple of cases home with us. And in our hour of need, when Bridesmaid's speeches had to be unexpectedly printed out, Elisa had the job sorted with print outs and copies placed in our hands within 30 minutes! Elisa is a joy!
You will not be disappointed with your choice in Villa Louise. It is Old Italian charm at its best!
My family (two adults and two young children) had an incredibly comfortable and relaxing two weeks at Villa Louise. The Villa and its gardens and olive groves are down a dirt track giving a feeling of seclusion and providing undisturbed views of the hills all around you. We visited in May/June as many of the trees and flowers which surround the house were coming into bloom and there was birdsong throughout the day and night.
Our host, Elisa, was helpful well beyond our expectations. She was always readily available to answer our questions, help make arrangements and provide unexpected gifts and support. On most days the gardener, Nicola, came in the morning to tend the garden and animals (chickens, ducks and cats) and clean the pool. He was very nice, not obtrusive and provided a steady supply of flowers, eggs and vegetables from the garden.
This was our first trip to this area and Villa Louise was a perfect base for exploring Southern Umbria and especially having easy access to Spoleto. We greatly enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning again and again.
Villa Louise is an hour and a half away from Fiumicino Airport...which is not too bad considering that we were travelling with our 16 month old twins. Once we got off the main highway driving towards Spoleto and Villa Louise, the drive was so scenic with green trees everywhere. Living in the Middle East one really appreciates the abundance of natural greenery and clean fresh air. We turned onto Casenove drive, and were pleasantly surprised to see 5 beautiful horses grazing in a small pasture...the girls loved it!
We drove about a kilometer down the road and lo and behold...the little gem Villa Louise!
A beautiful villa with a garden just bursting with an array of colors. We were met by Katia who warmly welcomed us and showed us the facilities. We were given a welcome basket of fresh eggs from the hens on the property, a bottle of locally pressed olive oil, a bottle of white wine, Prosciutto, fresh bread and bags of cookies!
The cozy kitchen has all your appliances you can think of....as well plastic ware for children...which came in so handy! Management and staff had thought of everything when they knew we were arriving with 2 toddlers. Two feeding chairs were placed in the dining room, two baby cots set up with with the softest bedding, as well as stuffed toys for them to play with. This has never happened at any of the other hotels/ agriturismo places that we have stayed in previously. Fantastic attention to detail all round.
The interior is so tastefully decorated, you feel as though you have stepped onto the set of Home and Garden Magazine.
There’s a fireplace in the living room, as well as a piano. Hubby and girls had a blast playing. The bedrooms are spacious and the beds are so comfortable. Listen out for the nightingales....what a special moment it was for me to hear them as I had never heard nightingales sing before :-)
We spent a lot of time in the garden, just enjoying being outdoors. The gardens are so beautiful and you can tell that Nicola is a really passionate gardener. We didn’t get to use the pool as it was a little cold for the children, but next time for sure we will book in the summer time.
I used fresh herbs from the gardens to cook and every morning we received fresh eggs . The resident cats are super friendly and my girls loved playing with them.
The villa has all the amenities you can think of such as washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and board, hair dryer etc.
It is also close to other villages like Spello, Spoleto, Assisi, Trevi.
Elisa, the manager, was super nice and was always available to assist. The entire staff at Villa Louise were just amazing
I would go back in a heart beat! Thanks Louise, this was just what my family and I needed!
The Villa is truly amazing. Spacious, very clean, very well furnished and with high level facilities. The garden is fantastic, also very well kept. There is also a small children playground!! The outdoor veranda allows eating outside (also with other guests) with a peaceful and stunning view. The location is also beautiful, surrounded by olive trees and allows absolute privacy. It is about 15min by car from Spoleto and close to other smaller villages. Unfortunately the swimming pool was not available, however April is normally not the right season for that.
The manager Elisa has been extremely kind, professional and helpful. She can recommend all the best place to visit, including restaurants, wine cellars and other activities.
In few words ....highly recommended!!
I was very lucky to visit this gorgeous villa and the most beautiful place. It is so peaceful and stunning view. So many historical places to visit, so much testful food to try.
The owner, Louise, she is looking after her guests and she is a great companion. The best place to come on its own or with a family. Very clean, comfy with a stunning scenery around. I will advise every one to visit this magical place. xx
After spending 4 hectic days in Rome with my friend, we have taken a train (an hour and 20 min) and travelled to Ubria, Spoleto to an amazing Villa Louise. Quite and calm atmosphere and an amazing hospitality, we felt like home immediately! The location is stunning with breathtaking view, absolutely idyllic! We stayed there for 5 nights and loved every second of it! The manager went over and above to accommodate and assist on our stay there. Beautiful villa with great amenities,immaculately cleaned, fabulously furnished , very comfortable beds and you feel like you sleep on the cloud. I couldn't get enough of the fresh air and spectacular surroundings. Would definitely recommend to explore Umbria and small medieval cities that I felt in love with. Lots of history, culture and art to enjoy.
The Villa Louise exceeded our expectations in every way and we highly appreciates everything! I know we will go back
Villa Louise is a wonderful place to stay in so many ways. Firstly, it is really hidden away down about a kilometre of gravel track; entirely peaceful and private. The villa itself is well-finished with pretty much everything you could need, even down to four sets of cutlery, an ice-cream maker and sky on-demand movies. The beds are good quality and the showers work well. The pool is wonderful, not too cold (as so many are) and not too deep, allowing the kids to play safely. The gardens are extensive and multi-level - much bigger than the photos show. We were given three or four fresh eggs every day from the chickens and guinea fowl (which don't crow at dawn, by the way) and tomatoes, courgettes, aubergines and even a butternut squash from the garden vegetable patch - we didn't buy eggs or veg for the entire stay.
However, the biggest asset of Villa Louise isn't the physical property itself, lovely though it is, but the exceptional manager Elisa. She came to meet us at a restaurant she had recommended on our first day and then drove with us to show us the villa. She helped out with every question, even getting a neighbour to escort us how when we were lost nearby one night with a flat tyre. She left us a lovely welcome package, brought pastries and croissants twice in the early morning, left on the outside table for us to find upon awakening, gave us a lovely private tour of Spoleto and even brought a bottle of craft beer made by her boyfriend as a parting gift. At the same time, she was professional throughout, responding quickly to a blocked shower or a profusion of flies we had created by leaving the doors open. She has picked four restaurants to recommend to guests, some with discounts for us, and we ate in three, all of which were excellent. And all with charm and a happy smile! It made the difference between a good stay and a great one.
Any downsides? The sitting room and especially kitchen are a bit dark at night and a few more kids games would be welcome. Not big issues though.
We’d thoroughly recommend Villa Louise for a restful holiday in Umbria.