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Prato di Sotto
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
“Perfect!”
Reviewed 30 October 2011

We loved Prato di Sotto. It is a beautiful spot, set in the hills of Umbria. We loved the sun-drenched terazzo overlooking rolling hills, fresh figs to pick to go with our proscuitto, relaxing by the pool, and having goodies such as fresh ground coffee, ollive oil made from trees grown on the property, and freshly-laid eggs awaiting us in our apartment. There is amazing attention to detail throughout the property, with hand-picked antiques throughout. Penny is a fantastic host, offering great local advice, and even inviting us into her home. There are a variety of rooms to suit all types of groups, and each have their own special outlooks. It feels as though there is a breathtaking surprise around every corner at Prato. This is the type of gem you hunger to find - and rave about when you do! We have already booked our trip back for Easter.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 2011

Prato di Sotto is the perfect Italian getaway. The accommodation is extremely comfortable and beautifully and sympathetically decorated, set in magnificant gardens The views are stunning and Penny is the perfect hostess, ready to give advise on which towns to visit and the easiest way of getting there.

Whilst Prato di Sotto is perfectectly situated for exploring the Umbrian countryside and historic towns and cities, its uniqueness lies in the tranquility and beauty of its immediate location.

All in all a heavenly and idyllic retreat for a relaxing Italian holiday

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 September 2011

Prato di Sotto fulfilled all our expectations for our holiday - and more! Penny has created a beautiful and relaxing environment. Our house was very well appointed, spacious and comfortable, in the most stunning setting. The swimming pool is a good size, deep and a perfect temperature. Penny is a wonderfully knowledgeable hostess and it's a huge advantage that she is English and helped us find all the useful things we need - best baker, best butcher, great restaurants in the area for example. Umbertide is a really nice little town with a square where you can enjoy drinks and ice-cream. Prato di Sotto is within striking distance of Siena, Assisi, Arezzo and even Ravenna - all well worth a visit. For us, the perfect combination of relaxation and the opportunity to visit some of Italy's most important works of art. We would love to go back and am sure we will.

Room Tip: Prato di Sotto is not a hotel, but a group of self-catering properties
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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York
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Reviewed 4 September 2011

We spent an amazing week at Prato di Sotto. Everything was beyond expectation - accommodation, location and first class hospitality. We will be back!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 September 2011

We stayed at Prato di Sotto for one week in late June/early July with our five month old son. Overall we had a nice time staying in La Terrazza, it was incredibly spacious with a very well equipped kitchen and a shady terrace. The pool was beautiful and Penny was friendly and helpful. However there were a few areas that could be improved to make the holiday experience even better.

Firstly, the apartment wasn't very clean. We're not clean freaks at all and understand the farmhouse is old but there were cobwebs in the corners of every room, dog hair and dust on the floors and the sofas/cushions smelt a bit doggy too! We asked the (incredibly friendly) cleaner to hoover the floor for us (the baby spends a lot of time on the floor!) which she did but in my opinion the whole apartment needs a really good deep clean. The bathroom was also a bit grubby and the towels were old.

Secondly, although the dogs were very friendly and we enjoyed their company, they do tend to go to the toilet wherever takes their fancy. This happened right in front of our apartment a couple of times and although Penny was very obliging at removing the mess promptly it was a bit off putting when it came to wandering out in your bare feet of a morning! Be warned, a favourite toilet spot of theirs is the gravel driveway so watch where you walk in the dark...

Thirdly, I think it needs to be stressed just how remote Prato di Sotto is! We've stayed in several places around Tuscany and Umbria over the years but this is very off the beaten track and a good 20 min drive up a very steep narrow track. I think if you weren't a confident driver you would find the drive very nervewracking. Obviously the location of the house makes it an incredibly peaceful place to be, with stunning views, but the drive up should be taken into account.

All in all we enjoyed our stay and I would recommend Pratto di Sotto to friends and family but I think some improvements could be made to improve future stays there.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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pennyradford, Owner at Prato di Sotto, responded to this review, 12 September 2011
Thanks so much Sarah for your constructive feedback. I am really pleased that your first family holiday was so enjoyable for all. I also hope that Baby Elliot is still enjoying pool time. I do appreciate that you would want the very cleanest environment for your new baby, and I will definitely act on your feedback regarding the cleanliness or your apartment and the dogs. Best regards, Penny.
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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Reviewed 28 August 2011

We stayed one week in the nicely restored 15th century olive oil mill of Prato di Sotto in Umbria. Getting there needs some 4 km off road driving, which is rewarded by stunning views over Umbrian valleys and a beautiful, 4 appartment, resort. Quiet and peaceful, exactly what we were looking for. Given the all week 38 celcius day time temparature, we spent quite some time at the great swimming pool. Visiting most Umbrian cities of interest is very well possible from Prato di Sotto.
Compliments to owner Penny Radford who did everything she could to make our stay as enjoyable as possible.
Ella & Ronald
Lucerne, Switzerland

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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DeLand, Florida
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Reviewed 27 August 2011

A most relaxing trip to the region of Umbria. The stay at Prato di Sotto was peaceful and beautiful. The villa is nestled in the mountains of Umbertide, a winding road takes you up the mountain to your beautiful getaway, and the scenario is breath taking. We stayed in the olive mill which was just perfect for two people. If you are looking for peace and quiet and just some time to recharge and relax this place is for you, the villa has a beautiful pool and gardens and a spectacular view.

Florida, USA

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Prato di Sotto
Address: Santa Giuliana | Umbertide, 06019 Pierantonio, Umbertide, Italy
Region: Italy > Umbria > Province of Perugia > Umbertide > Pierantonio
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Pierantonio
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Prato di Sotto is for the connoisseur. This collection of historic stone buildings sits above the tiny 13th century hamlet of Santa Giuliana, not far from the market town of Umbertide in northern Umbria. Lovingly restored by the owner, Penny Radford, and furnished with her personal collection of kilim rugs and antiques from around the world, the emphasis is on comfort and style. Beds are large and comfortable with crisp linen sheets and kitchens are equipped for even the most demanding cook. Read our amazing reviews we have received from TripAdvisor members... 'A little bit of heaven' 'Prato di Sotto is the jewel in the Umbrian crown' ... more   less 
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Prato Di Sotto Pierantonio, Italy - Province Of Perugia

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