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Review of Villa Pian Di Cascina

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Villa Pian Di Cascina
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Carbonesca
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Luxury no - would I stay again - yes, loved it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2012

We stayed in La Viletta and whilst I would not describe it as luxury accommodation it had real character and was spotlessly clean, well equipped and reassuringly unpretentious. It was a comfortable home from home in spectacular, unspoiled countryside.The steep approach road is daunting at first but location and solitude are part of the charm and come at a price. The large kitchen/dining area was really pleasant and far better equipped and user friendly than most self catering kitchenettes. You might not plan to cook whilst on holiday but when we visited in late May there were relatively few local restaurants open in the evening and those that were tended to be quiet and a bit souless. We generally ate out lunchtime whilst visiting the local towns as there was more choice and atmosphere - as long as you avoid Gualdo Tadino - couldn't find a decent restaurant open in May but there is a very passable supermarket on the outskirts of town. In the evenings we used the kitchen at la Viletta if only to prepare and cook accompaniments to BBQ meats - we recommend the butcher in Casacastalda and his fiorentina steak in particular. The quality of local produce was superb, reasonably priced and the kitchen more than adequate for cooking real meals - no need for foodie compromise. We ate several times at Isobel's Tavernetta and would certainly recommend her cooking, but remember this is not a full time restaurant and service was a little slow. It wasn't an issue for us - 4 relaxed adults - but a little more problematic for weary three year olds. There is plenty to see and do in the area and Paul and Isobel have prepared a comprehensive folder to assist. A few tips, use a map ane take the old unsignposted mountain road to Assisi for splendid views of the countryside. Bevagna was an unexpected small gem with super views of Assisi on the return trip if you head for the mountain road. Gubbio, excellent; Sienna, quite a long way but very well worthwhile. Similarly Orvietto particularly if you make a circular trip and combine it with a visit to the architectural gardens at Scarzuola Abbey on the way back. You won't find the gardens mentioned in the guidebooks even though their picture adorns the front cover of Dorling Kindersley' s guide to Umbria! However, Isobel was most helpful in telephoning to arrange for us to join an English speaking group visiting in the second week of our stay and the garden was a highlight of the holiday. Finally, Pian di Cascina does not offer, or pretend to offer, the privacy of a private villa with pool, you will see and hear your neighbours. As a parent of now adult children I can see how the safe, child friendly environment will appeal in school holidays to families with young children who will no doubt enjoy the play area and the new friends they will make. Teenagers might not be so easily pleased although the pool is magnificent. Oldies - stick to term time and you will return home relaxed even after a fortnight of sightseeing and the couple of thousand miles round trip. Oh, be aware Italy needs resurfacing!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Carshalton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2012 via mobile

What an amazing surprise. ... A small village yielding a very small road up a very steep hill. You get a perfect Umbrian farmhouse with a stunning view and a superb level of cleanliness and service. have stayed in some Of the finest hotels - but this is EXACTLY what we were hoping for. No pretension; no fuss. Immediately the children and us felt this was our house; by day 2 they were planning "what we will do next time we are here"...

The countryside is beautiful... The villas are perfectly placed to see the valley and the hills... The farm immaculate - the pool perfect (if cool) ....

The rooms are simple and Unfussed...all te facilities are there though- each bedroom with a bath / shower and the kitchen with all equipment. Perhaps would be good to have an iPad to tv cable ... But that is truly the level of nit-picking!

We had a few ants sneak into a bedroom - and they were dealt with admirably....

The restaurant is superb .... Book in advance ... And ask for it to be on your terrace if you wish....! Truly - a great meal - and to key the children play in the superb facilities during dinner .... So decadent ....

Look forward to coming back soon

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2012

WOW, not many places leave me speechless, but this place certainly did. Paul and Isabel have really outdone themselves. Pian di Cascina is a perfect retreat! We celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary there with 15 of our closest friends! There was so much to do on site that we didn't have to venture off, but we did do some day trips to Gubbio, Perugia, the hang-glyder mountain (I don't recall the name) and the caves. The kids enjoyed hula hooping, swimming, ping pong and a friendly game of soccer on the large lawn area. Isabel is an amazing chef and cooked us a fabulous anniversary dinner and my husband took her cooking class. The EuroCup 2012 was going at the time, so Paul invited us all over, set up a TV outside and we watched the Italy vs. Germany game. This was above and beyond, and we really appreciated the extra effort!
We will be back and I plan on telling everyone about this place. WOW!

Room Tip: Our guests were in rooms Gubbio, Montefelco, Cantina, and the Cascina. Gubbio and the Montefelco ha...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hong Kong
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68 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2012

We have recently returned from Italy having celebrated our daughter’s wedding at the Villa Pian Di Cascina in June – it was an absolutely fantastic experience from start to finish due in no small part to our hosts Isabel and Paul. We cannot thank them enough for all the help they have given over the past few months in the lead up to the big day. Such a wonderful occasion with so many happy memories for all involved – it could not have been more perfect.

We decided to go for the full package hiring out all the accommodation for 30 guests – we would highly recommend this option. Isabel is a brilliant wedding planner – she offers such personal, genuine and friendly advice at all times and nothing is ever too much trouble. We were so happy with all the arrangements put into place – venue, flowers, wedding breakfast, favours, live band, photographer, fireworks, you name it – simply brilliant! I think you can gather we were all very satisfied customers!!

The accommodation at the Villa Pian Di Cascina is great and of a very high standard – the units are well equipped and so comfortable. Each has it’s own terrace and BBQ – it was magical sitting out at night watching the fireflies in abundance at that time. We really appreciated the daily bread deliveries – thank you Paul! – and having been away from home on a long trip the use of the washing machine! The provisions in each villa are a great idea – the homemade jam is delicious! The outdoor pool with amazing views of the countryside simply idyllic.

The Groom-to-be celebrated his birthday on the Saturday we arrived and Isabel arranged the most wonderful celebration at La Tavernetta – our guests were blown away by the four course meal she prepared. It was a wonderful start to the festivities. The lasagnas that we ordered for an impromptu group meal later in the week were also delicious.

All in all we were so impressed we are already planning a return visit next year. We feel what sets the Villa Pian Di Cascina apart from others is the dedication of it’s owners. Paul and Isabel with their delightful family Ben, Lucy and William (and dog Ollie!) really make you feel so welcome. The accommodation offers something for everyone – I would recommend to mature couples, young couples and young families – they simply have it all covered!

A big thank you from Hannah, Neil, Sue and Rob for one of the most memorable weeks of our lives!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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LaSalle, Canada
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36 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2012

Stayed here for my Nieces wedding. Isabelle and Paul are the greatest of Host's . We took over the whole place, 30 of us partying for 5 days before the Wedding. Isabelle cooked us all a wonderful meal one evening. Villa and rooms spotlessly clean, pool was wonderful, a short jog into the village for supplies. If I have to find a fault, we found it a bit far from where the Wedding was to be held in Gubbio, so we actually stayed in Gubbio for the evening before and the night of the Wedding.... For a wonderful relaxing vacation , especially with children , this is the perfect place.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2012

Pian Di Cascina provided the perfect family setting for our first holiday abroad with our 2 year old daughter. We flew into Perugia which is little over half an hour's drive from the farm, so perfect for little ones. Location is great for day trips too as many beautiful places to visit within an hour's drive with Assisi (must do) being only half an hour. We stayed in the Cascina & were able to leave our front door open so our daughter could play outside - she loved the play area & the outside terrace where we had dinner most evenings. Shame there were no other families staying whilst we were there but Paul & Isabel's children were on hand to play with her. Also a great selection of toys & books too inside our villa. We ate at the onsite tavernetta when it was open (twice a week) & just wish it was open more often as Isabel's cooking is amazing. The ready made lasagnes are a nice option & we would highly recommend the white truffle & sausage one! Lastly Paul & Isabel are perfect hosts.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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London
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2012

Just came back from Villa Pian Di Cascina after a week long break in Umbria with our two kids (2 & 4yrs). I am not normally one to post reviews but we had such a nice time that I felt compelled. Villa Pian Di Cascina is lovely. The owners (Paul and Isabel) made us feel very welcome and made sure we were well looked after. They really went out of their way to ensure that we were comfortable and the we enjoyed our stay. They even made wonderful cup cakes for our little one's second birthday. The pre-arrival shop of nappies and other essentials was particularly appreciated. Our apartment was well appointed and supplied, and had lots of toys/books for the kids. The pool was great for cooling off on the hot days, while the surrounding countryside and the views are beautiful and very Italian. We had lots of fun exploring the local towns, with all the amazing churches, castles and medieval buildings, and the thousand of year of history. All in all a great holiday and a great place to stay. Both Umbria and the Villa Pian Di Cascina I would highly recommend.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Villa Pian Di Cascina
Address: Frazione Caresto 11, 06024 Carbonesca, Gubbio, Italy
Region: Italy > Umbria > Province of Perugia > Gubbio > Carbonesca
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Carbonesca
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Number of rooms: 15

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