The Casale dei Frontini stole our hearts. Its history began when the father of the current owner, Corrado Trippetta, bought this delightful hillside property and its lovely 17th century monastery (now the inn) many years ago to increase grazing land for his Chianini cattle. Today, the Trippettas still raise about fifteen head of this ancient breed (once used by the Romans as draft animals) and cultivate sunflowers, olive trees, vineyards and grain along the graceful slopes.
The spirited Corrado and his delightful wife Silvana are natural innkeepers and do everything possible to make their guests feel at home. Together with their three sons, they renovated the stone convent seven years ago and turned it into a charming country sanctuary. From the guest rooms to the dining cantina, from the stairways to the landscaped terraces, the Casale (country house) is elegant and tasteful. Our room, La Pietra, was spacious with lovely stone walls, terra cotta floors, soft yellow paint, handsome furniture, and shuttered windows that looked out over hills dotted with medieval castles, red-roofed villages and peaceful farms. The bed was extremely comfortable. The tile bathroom was handsome and immaculate, and hot water was plentiful. The extensive and beautiful outdoor landscaping, which Corrado planned and executed himself, has the quality of a fine botanical garden.
We enjoyed our walks around the farm and relaxing on the covered veranda with its comfortable chairs and tables that looked across the hills to ancient Todi and its mountainous backdrop, as do the pool terrace, children’s playground, fields and vineyards. We found that we could easily drive to anywhere in Umbria from here. Yet for all its welcome serenity and elegance, Casale dei Frontini is still rich in rural atmosphere: mooing cattle, squabbling ducks, clucking hens, sniffing rabbits, and an American Paint Horse! I counted seventeen barn cats sleeping under the grain silo one afternoon, and day after day the sweet and friendly little dogs Tequila and Small welcomed us home from sight seeing.
The soul of the farm is definitely the Trippetta family: the ebullient Corrado; the lovely Silvana; and their charming son Michele, now training to manage the agriturismo someday. They are all very helpful, taking time to tell guests about beautiful hill towns off the beaten track and of local fairs and antique markets. Their warmth, kindness and humor created such a comfortable atmosphere that we found it hard to say goodbye.
Silvana is also a superb cook. And neighbors from nearby villages and farms often dine at the cantina. Silvana’s continental breakfasts include homemade jams and cappuccinos that are out of this world. Each evening she and her sous chef, wonderful Clara, produce platter after platter of delicious four-course Umbrian dinners from recipes that have been handed down from grandmothers and great grandmothers. Clara kindly gave a Belgian guest and me a cooking lesson one afternoon that we loved and will never forget.
Guests are free to eat dinner at the Casale or dine elsewhere, just let Silvana know in the morning. My husband and I had planned to have our arrival dinner at the farm then eat in the hill towns thereafter. However, the first dinner was so good and the atmosphere in the cantina so engaging that we ate at Casale dei Frontini every night. I can’t imagine anyone one not loving this wonderful country house and farm.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The farmhouse "CASALE DEI FRONTINI" lies on a hill, just 9 Km far from Todi, in the "heart of green Umbria", well connected to the most beautiful cultural and natural beauties of the region. The house is an original 18th century monastery, surrounded by 20 hectares of land, with vineyards and olive trees, which has been completely, carefully restored. Sitting on an armchair, under the porch, looking at the valley, you can admire the pure beauty of Todi, standing out like a postcard. The typical Umbrian quiet and tranquility will help you to relax your body and to sublimate your spirit. Here, at Casale dei Frontini you can taste the typical comfort and hospitality of a family managed Country House, characterized by the extraordinary Umbrian food ... more less
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