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!