What an excellent find! We had an excellent three days at Casamassima, and will be returning.
We were welcomed on our arrival by Anna, whose warm and sincere smile remained throughout our stay. She is a veritable fountain of knowledge about the local area, but not in a pushy way - she obviously just loves the region... It was more along the lines of, "You're off to Perugia, I know this fantastic place.." or, "I am going to Assisi tonight to try a new restaurant, I'll let you know how it is".
She couldn't have done more to make us feel at home. eg we asked for the nearest shop so that we could buy some mineral water, and five minutes later a bottle appeared, along with an enormous basket of freshly picked cherries.
There are three suites at Casamassima, and we stayed in number 2. Hotel rooms can be quite samey, but suite 2 definitely had an unexpected wow factor. It has obviously been decorated by someone who really cared about the finished article.
The bathroom had a huge sink, shower and jacuzzi bath (and lots of fluffy towels), and there was large living area and lovely bedroom, complete with original stone walls. It is beautifully decorated and extremely elegant. I wouldn't change a thing.
The house is about 15 minutes from Perugia, and reached down a little road, and sits on its own. The views are lovely and the grounds are well kept, but without being overly manicured; this is a working farm. Lemon trees and orange trees line the walk to breakfast and to the pool.
Breakfast is in the conservatory, and there is a lovely drawing room with books/cards/games and a sitting area. We didn't use it, as we found the sitting area in our room more than sufficient, but it was nice to know that it was there. It also housed an array of local beverages, which was a nice touch.
There is a little shop with olive oil, wines and beauty products. Everything was very reasonably priced, and the beauty products are in the bathrooms in miniature, so you can try them first.
For anyone wanting to get away from it all, I would really recommend staying here. It is charming in every way.
Thank you Anna.
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