Emmauella and Paolo have created a lovely oasis in the Umbrian hills. They are a warm couple who went to great lengths to ensure our stay was a good one. The design of the house itself is a fantastic balance between contemporary and traditional. The rooms are nicely decorated, with attention paid to detail. The mattresses are firm and the pillows are soft and comfy. The bathrooms are big and you can tell that no expense has been spared here. The breakfast is small, but decent ... good coffee, fresh juice, home made breakfast muffins, cereal and toast with excellent home-made jams and a good selection of fresh fruit. Our children (3 and 7) enjoyed the pool, the hammock, running around on the hillside, playing with the friendly dog, Rubia and lounging on the sofas listening to the music on the stereo. They felt very much at home. They don't have two single beds for kids, but mine were fine with sharing the double. Our double room was next to the children's room in a sort of 'wing' that was separate from the other guests.
We had dinner on our first night and I think it was some of the best food I had while in Gubbio - well worth it!
There is no wifi (although I did find 'Alice' in the mornings, but it's a very flaky connection) and the internet connection is slow. THIS IS A GOOD THING. We were forced to relx - by not checking emails every minute and this made us totally slow down.
It's a 15 minute drive to Gubbio and a good base for exploring other local sites/attractions.
Highly recommend this warm, friendly, posh, bohemian, villa. It isn't really for the budget traveller, this is definitely a treat, but one that you won't regret.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A stone-house on top of a hill at about 10 minutes by car from the medieval town of Gubbio, with 5 double rooms, 1 junior suite and a cottage. Perfectly restored to international comfort standards, Casa Branca combines the traditional umbrian style with touches of colour that speak of the owners experience in Latin America. Candle light dinners (also vegetarian friendly on request) are served in the restaurant area facing the huge fire place. The garden offers chaise-longues and umbrellas, tables and chairs, and a wonderful pool surrounded by pine trees. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Agriturismo Casa Branca Gubbio, Italy - Umbria