We booked this villa as a stopping point half way between Puglia and Cortona - and we wished we had booked more than one night. It is located in the town of Castrocielo which is not listed on any map we had, but with the help of GPS we located the villa in the mountains. Villa Euchelia was beautiful with great views. The room rate was exceedinly reasonable and the best value for cost.
We arrived later in the day and asked if there was a place we could go for lunch; we were advised everything - I mean everything - closes in the afternoon. Anne Marie prepared a wonderful lunch for us with meats, breads, cheeses, fresh fruit and of course a bottle of red & white wine. For the 4 of us the cost was only 23 Euros ! All the breads, meats, pastries etc are made on site by the family.
There are only 7 rooms in the villa all are decorated the same with bright yellows / whites with AC in each room. The ceilings are @ 12 feet high with painted white beams; the rooms large and the beds incredibly inviting. Our bathroom was handicap friendly and the villa had ramps everywhere and an elevator to get up to the rooms. The hallways have sofa's and reading areas with lots of flowers, teddy bears and other personal touches. In fact the next day when we departed Anne Marie gave both myself and my girlfriend a packet of lavender tied with a ribbon. The lavender was from her own garden - such a wonderful keep sake.
The villa is owned by Anne Marie and her husband. They have been operating the villa for many, many years. They make you feel so welcome in their home. While we were there the pool was under repair so we were not able to enjoy that amenity. However there is ample area to hold weddings or functions. You do need a car to get there and there is no where to really walk as the roads are very narrow - so you would need to go into the small village if you wanted to walk about.
We dined at the villa that evening and were not disappointed. There was a wide selection and at a reasonable cost. The presentation and taste of the meals would match most 5* restaurants. They would leave the bottle of wine at your table and only charge you for what you consumed - such an innovative idea. As in most Italian restaurants a glass of Proseco was provided at the beginning of your meal. Breakfast the next morning was complete with homemade pastries, quiche, meats, fresh fruit from their garden. In fact you could squeeze your own orange juice which we did. The presentation of food encouraged you to fill your plate.
I would highly recommend this Villa to anyone staying in the area. You will be made to feel very welcome, enjoy the scenery, the food, the service and of course the friendliness of the owners.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 18th century Elegant Residence immersed in an oasis of tranquillity.Rooms have a romantic and exclusive atmosphere.Full breackfast with homemade cakes, biscuits and jams served in the garden or in the lemons veranda.Relax in the panoramic swimming pool.The restaurant is for Gourmet.Free parking.Elegante Dimora dell '700 immersa in un'oasi di tranquillità.Camere dall'atmosfera romantica ed esclusiva.Ricca colazione con torte, biscotti e marmellate fatte in casa.Relax nella panoramica piscina con acqua iodata.Ristorante per intenditori Gourmet.Parcheggio gratuito. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Euchelia Resort Italy/Castrocielo