We just stayed 2 nights at Pormulo Vecchio (part of three adjacent organic farm properties run by the same people who run the farm with which Le Cassette is associated. Pormulo Vecchio is the oldest property--a 12th century manor in which St. Francis of Assisi once slept. (Italians call this building a castle, but to use this word would give people unreasonable expectations--it is a striking 2.5 story house on a small, wooded hill, surrounded by a lovely garden, It houses the farm owners upstairs (they have their own separate entrance and area--we hardly saw them, unless we sought them out), and it has two guest apartments downstairs. While rustic, it was also idyllic. This is not the place to stay if you are expecting air conditioning, and shower massagers--but if it is a true agritourism experience you want, with beautiful scenery and a peaceful setting, then this is paradise.
Our apartment was spotless and the bathroom was new and spacious. Our apartment had screens on the windows, a fireplace in the kitchen, and lovely views of grapefields, cow pastures and hills out the window. It was very private--we had a huge garden and nice outdoor table, as well. There were also two swimming pools to chose from, each a short 4-8 minute drive away (near the farm headquarters, or at Le Casette--their larger property where dinner is served). The pools were sparkling clean, and we had them to ourselves (we were there midweek at the end of August--might be different at other times).
There are plenty of things to do. The town of Orvieto is an easy 20 minute drive away. Todi is about 35 minutes away. There are also a couple other smaller towns that are quite spectacular yet virtually unknown that are even closer for exploring. The hosts were wonderful--warm but not overbearing. Our daughter loved the personalized farm tour we were given by the 80 year old founder of the farm. My husband enjoyed tasting their delicious organic wine and organic digestivo (they are generous about sharing these things!) . We didn't have dinner there, as we wanted to do our own cooking, but the smells coming from the kitchen before dinnertime made us wish we had decided to do dinner there! The dinners they cook are all derived from their home grown organic products: not only are organic grapes and vegetables grown there, but they also raise organically-fed meats and make wonderful plum jam from their plum trees. My ojnly very minor complaint is that the breakfast was sort of a do-iot-yourself deal--they leave biscotti, jam, packaged toast and musli, milk and ground coffee in your room and you make your own breakfast. We just bought fruit and yogurt and added them to the mix the second day. But this is a very minor complaint...everything else was absolutely perfect!
We would go back there in a heartbeat. While a bit of a rustic place (it is, after all, a farm), it felt like paradise to us and was just what we wanted.