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Country House Montali
Reviewed 15 April 2014

A wonderful place to stay and eat. Alberto is a wonderful host, helpful and with amusing stories.
The vegetarian food is so good and I wish we'd had time to do a cooking lesson. Malu is a great chef.
The rooms are extremely comfortable and it is quiet and relaxing up in the olive groves.
We stayed there at the beginning of the season, I'd love to go back another time in the summer.

A hire car is a necessity as they are a long way up the hill and I'm not sure how easy it would be to explore Umbria without one.


NB This review is a bit out of date - did not travel 2014.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

This place really is something to write home about...

So where to start?
First, it was a rainy night, and of course our car got stuck in the shouting at (as he had prewarned us via email not to follow the sat nav!) yet he graciously hopped in his 4 by 4 and picked us up, and arranged for a local farmer to haul us out the next day. This cannot have been an easy task for him, as he was a 20 minute drive away as it was his final night before the hotel closed for winter (In October) and guests were waiting to be met by Alberto. He went out of his way however, and remained in cheerful disposition throughout.

If this was not enough, we were immediately hit by the rolling hills, the serene, rustic yet classy atmosphere that he and Malu had so painstakenly build up in this paradise oasis country home. The rooms, the service, the pool with breathtaking backdrop, the attention to detail every where you looked.

This was no ordinary vegetarian meal either - freshly sourced ingredients - where a big team of chefs put in ONE FULL DAY of work in a real labour of love to serve the evening meal to perfection, which is a complex mix of flavours, creative artistry and often with a story to go with each dish. The meals were also picture perfect - cook book worthy. The wine list too was nothing but excellent.

We spent the night and then again the morning chatting away to Malu and Alberto about their incredible life stories - deeply spritual in their values and full of love for life. Many small hotel owners get jaded by routine, but they remained full of love and passion.

We did not expect to fall in love with Umbria more than Tuscany but wished we had stayed far longer in this spot. Its charm and depth exceeded Tuscany.

We are in deep gratitude - Alberto and Malu for your hospitality, values, attention to detail, love and we will not hestitate to revisit, this time throwing away our sat nav (we promise!). Blessings! :)

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank divineatma
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

This is somewhere we go to as often as we can, the whole experience feeds the soul
We always feel so welcome.
The amazing food, the peaceful atmosphere, the views all come together to give us a few days of total relaxation. Alberto and Malu along with their staff work so hard, the food and service are second to none. We always come away feeling refreshed and peaceful.
Who could ask for more!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Elisabetta54
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

What fantastic food! My wife is a vegetarian and I am not but it didn't matter. The food and wine were out of this world. The staff friendly and service was great. Only minor niggle was the beds were rather hard - even for me and I like a hard bed. Oh - and dont follow the sat nav!

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Tom S
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albertoPanicale, Owner at Country House Montali, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2013

Thank you Tom,
for the nice review.
We have also heard before a complaint for the beds which were too hard.
Therefore we have changes all the matresses and the bed are not much softer with some top quality materials used !
Thank you for letting us know

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Reviewed 28 September 2013

It is a privilege to be in the presence of greatness. Even more so when the greatness is culinary and you are invited to eat the results.

Alberto and Malu have created an extraordinary cuisine and serve it with gracious, self deprecating charm.

Located on a high ridge overlooking Lago Trasimeno to the west and a glorious Umbrian valley to the east, the boutique inn offers the finest amenities for escape to a tranquil world.

Montali House is close to excellent walking trails, the ancient city of Perugia and the glory of Assisi. The swimming pool is high Italian design and offers spectacular sunset views after a day of exploring.

We were also charmed by our lovely server, Anna Maria, who looked after us with professional care and kindness.

You will love this extraordinary place.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

We were recommended during our holiday in Italy to stay here & we were not disappointed. It feels like you are a world away from anywhere, it is so peaceful. The rooms were spacious & clean, the swimming pool was refreshing after a day out. The vegetarian food was delightful & presented in a way you thought you were in a first class restaurant. Alberto was such a wonderful host & made us feel very welcome. The whole team was great & made our stay so enjoyable. We would recommend anyone visiting Italy to make "The Country House", Montali a must to stop at.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

We' ve visited for the second time this wonderfull countryhouse. What a warm welcome! The food is vegetarian, though we are not. But the food is so good! The wines are are very tastefull.
Thank you Alberto, Manu and staff for this wonderfull stay!
Frits and Netty

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Country House Montali

Address: Via Montali 23 | Tavernelle di Panicale, 06064 Tavernelle di Panicale, Italy
Region: Italy > Umbria > Province of Perugia > Tavernelle di Panicale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Tavernelle di Panicale
Price Range: £191 - £211 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Country House Montali 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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