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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
Spoleto, Province of Perugia, Umbria

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Cath04T
Belfast, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Just perfect - like staying in a dear friends home”
Reviewed August 12, 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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This was one of the most perfect holidays we've ever had despite decidedly variable weather, a severe kidney stone attack and our youngest daughter breaking her wrist and this was undoubtedly due to the fantastic accommodation and the care and attention given to every detail by Laurie and Norma.
I can't praise this accommodation highly enough, this is a home not a holiday let. You could easily move in here and an extended holiday would be a joy. If you're used to the usual holiday apartment 4 plates, 4 cups etc you're in for a treat - a well equipped kitchen with everything you need to create even the most complex meal (given the vast quantity of fabulous restaurants this is unlikely but even the supermarkets have the most tremendous range of produce and if you're keen cooks like us you'll probably want to experiment).
The living/kitchen area is much larger than it appears on the photographs and is a delight on a sunny morning with the doors and windows open on to the terrace. We had terrible unseasonal storms and had a couple of 1/2 days stuck in, but this wasn't a problem. The apartment gave us plenty of room for 4 adults without us going stir crazy.
There's a large selection of fiction if you run out and a massive range of guidebooks and suggestions/recommendations for the local area.
A really pretty bathroom, plenty of hot water and a washing machine so the practicalities are well covered.
The two bedrooms are light and airy have good wardrobe space and plenty of extra bedding if required.
We loved the terrace which is surprisingly private, nice comfy chairs were great for snoozing in the sun - but a sunbed would have been nice to even up the tan! Lovely tubs and plants on the terrace, the scent from the jasmine was sublime and a good selection of herbs was handy.
The location of the apartment cannot be faulted and given that you are in a residential block you can pretend that you're a resident (I wish!). Access is restricted and so it's extremely secure and we had absolutely no concerns about security.
Despite being right in the middle of Spoleto we had no problems with noise and we were there during the World Cup when games were being shown outside the bars.
We were thoroughly spoilt by Laurie and Norma from my initial enquiry to being waved off at the end of our holiday. Norma's emails giving advice regarding transport were spot on, we travelled easily by train from Rome, telephoned Laurie who was then waiting for us at the station. They provided excellent recommendations regarding local restaurants - we only had one complaint "so many many restaurants and too little time" and useful advice for shopping etc
Unexpected building work in the town lead to the water supply being cut off one evening - Laurie arrived at the apartment to make sure we knew and helped us fill pans etc with water and later arrived with 6 huge bottles of water to make sure we didn't run out.
Spoleto is a wonderful location 12 days didn't allow us to explore it fully - we only scratched the surface. We had our daughters (18 & 21) with us who loved every minute, soaking up the sun, enjoying the Italian street life and eating the most fantastic ice cream.
The food is incredible, we ate delicious roasted pork sandwiches from the man with the van in the market square to the tasting menu in the old school charm of Apollinare and everything inbetween.
I can't recommend this apartment, Norma and Laurie's service and Spoleto itself highly enough. We can't wait to return

Date of stay: June 2014
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Liked best: Spoleto, the apartment and the FOOD
Liked least: A sunbed would have been nice
Traveling group: Teenagers
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Management Response
Aug 12, 2014
Thank you for your wonderful comments. We try our best. But, if only you had mentioned there wasn't a sunbed ! We have plenty to hand around - usually, there are at least 2 on the terraces. So, that there were none was an oversight on our part ! Smacked wrists ! Ooohhh, aagghh.....but, how is the broken wrist ? Healed to perfection we hope.... saluti, Norma
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RedheadIr...
Bray, Ireland
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38 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Best apartment yet”
Reviewed August 11, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

Well equipped two bed apartment on 4th floor facing onto the main Street. Double glazed shutters ensures very little street noise. Large well equipped kitchen cum living room, plenty of space for 4 adults, terrace at the entrance and balcony at the back. Norma and Laurie have lots of extras in this property, the free wifi is an added bonus. We had a washing machine which we made great use of, flat screen TV, leather sofas, and well equipped kitchen. Beside delicious restaurants and within 5-8 mins walk to supermarkets. We loved our stay here, it was so nice to relax on the terrace with a drink after a delicious meal in one of the many restaurants that Spoleto has to offer. No need for a car, Laurie will collect you from the train station. Laurie was always just a phone call away to help with any query, excellent customer service. This is our 3rd time booking with Norma and Laurie in the last 10 months.

Date of stay: July 2014
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Liked best: The space and the terrace
Liked least: Going home
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Reviewed January 17, 2014 for a stay in November 2013
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Date of stay: November 2013
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Jonathan...
Leeds, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Perfect place, perfect hosts.”
Reviewed November 19, 2013 for a stay in August 2013

I spent a wonderful week here in Spoleto in August with my partner. A beautiful town, with plenty of history and good food, we could quite happily have spent the week exploring the back lanes, museums and churches of the town. The apartment is spacious, clean and fully eqipped, with a patio area at the back and a balcony overlooking the street below. We did hire a car for one day and go off around the stunning Umbrian countryside, vitising little fortified hill towns and villages as well as Assisi; well worth the effort! Laurie and Norma were excellent hosts, going well, well, beyond the normal 'leave the keys with the cleaner' service of most appartment owners. They live in the appartment downstairs so were on hand whenever needed (like when I locked myself out!), and even met us at the station to pick us up. They own several other appartments in the area, including a beautiful swimming pool at the top of a nearby mountain, which Laurie personally drove us up to for the day. One of the highlights was a traditional Umbiran dinner one evening with their guests in other appartments at the home of their friend, which was the best food I've eaten in a long time and great company with it. My only regret is that we didnt book for longer, but undoubtedly we will try to go back at some point. I would recommend Spoleto to anyone interested in a relaxing, cultural holiday, and I would recommend the appartment and particulalrly Norma and Laurie to anyone.

Date of stay: August 2013
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Liked best: Everything, the town, food, hosts
Liked least: that we couldnt stay longer
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Reviewed September 27, 2013 for a stay in August 2013

Date of stay: August 2013
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Nancy L
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“Great Spoleto holiday!”
Reviewed September 24, 2013 for a stay in September 2013

This apartment, as well as Terrazza Splendida, were wonderful homes away from home. From the moment Laurie met us at the train, until he bid us farewell as we departed, it was a great vacation. The apartment had everything you could need - dishes, microwave, toaster over, appliances, towels, sheets, WiFi, just everything - including a welcome package of pasta, olive oil, wine, paper towels, coffee, etc. Laurie gave us a wonderful orientation upon arrival, had a packet full of local information like restaurants, sightseeing suggestions, maps, guidebooks, just everything. We especially enjoyed our authentic dinner at the home of Daniella and Luciano. The sunny patio, lovely view and central location made it a super location.The views of the valley and distant towns like Assisi and Trevi at night made it very special. Central location in Umbria allowed us to visit many parts of Umbria during our two week stay. We will definitely recommend your rentals to everyone. Thank you for a wonderful stay in a beautiful town. We loved everything about Spoleto. Just a beautiful part of Italy.

Date of stay: September 2013
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Liked best: The location and the feel of the apartment.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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lucyandet...
San Rafael, California
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“Our third stay in Terrazza Bella in 6 years- a wonderful apartment with a great location!”
Reviewed September 22, 2013 for a stay in September 2013

We have been booking with Norma and Laurie for more than 10 years now and have stayed in a number of their amazing properties. As other reviewers have noted, they provide a level of service and true concern for their guests that I have found is quite unique in my extensive travels around the globe.

We love this apartment. It's on the second to top floor of the building and has a great big terrace furnished with a good-sized table for 4-6, lounge chairs, and an amazing assortment of container flowers -- It's like a garden wonderland up here (I am typing this from the garden, using the handy WI-FI).

The kitchen is very nice (but who comes to Italy to cook??) with a good sized refrigerator (even by American standards!), a four-burner gas stove, a dishwasher, microwave, toaster, and lots of dishes and serving utensils. It is very complete. A good sized living room looks out onto the patio (two doors open to the patio) and has comfortable leather sofas and a new TV, plus a desk where we always set up our ipads and laptops. Both wired and wireless internet is provided free of charge.

The bathroom is also very nice with a shower head that lights up when you turn it on...! I've never seen that before! The washer is essential for longer stays and works well.

So why do we keep returning to this specific apartment? All of the above, plus it's so convenient. There's parking in the back, and elevator (with ramp from parking, no steps!) to bring up your luggage, then out the front you are in the middle of Spoleto..... everything is right there, from coffee shops to restaurants. We always have a car and drive all over Umbria and even Tuscany from this apartment but it's wonderful to sometimes just leave the car parked and enjoy "our" wonderful town.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Date of stay: September 2013
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Liked best: Wonderful patio with views of hills, convenient location, great hosts living in the building
Liked least: Having to leave!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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