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Slow Life Umbria - Relais de charme
Reviewed 30 July 2012

We have just returned from a fabulous 4 night stay at Slow Life in Umbria. What an incredible experience, a beautiful contemporary hotel in a stunning rural setting. The amazing hillside location amongst the olive groves provides the perfect place to relax and unwind, such tranquility. The hotel is easily accessible from Perugia airport (approx 30 mins by car). The family that own and run the hotel were wonderful people. Bruno, Carol and their son Christopher were so welcoming, and they made our stay a memorable experience. Days were spent lounging in the warm sunshine around their lovely pool. Their hospitality was superb, with food and wine outstanding. Bruno created varied daily menu's from fresh local produce. The food was excellent, we ate there on all 4 nights. Wine was organic from a local vineyard. After dinner back to our very comfortable room, modern in design, with a large bathroom. The combination of such peace and quiet, and a inviting bed, meant hours of sleep!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

We stayed 5 nights at Slow Life and left recharged and relaxed.
Nestled in the hills of Umbria away from any hustle and bustle it was a great opportunity to tune out of the digital world and tune back in to nature and the natural rhythms of life.
We stayed in the Green room with an extra bed (optional) and a private terrace area as the room was at the end. Plenty of space in the bathroom with a large walk in shower. Bed was very comfortable and I slept so well. Understated chic would sum up the room.
As the weather was great we had breakfast outside every day with yummy homemade muffins. In fact the food is great and we chose to eat dinner 3 out of the 5 evenings we were there. Wine and food were delicious. Bruno sure knows how to cook. In fact the owners were very friendly and helpful but not at all intrusive (in case that is something you might worry about).
There is a beautiful pool which the children loved. Lovely place to relax on the sun loungers and soak up the colours and scents of the nature around you, as well as the sunshine. Several large sun umbrellas offer all the shade you may require when it's really hot and sunny (which it was during our stay).
We travelled with two young children (3 and 6) and it was great to let them run free and explore, although we made it clear they could not go near the pool without an adult. The fact that there was no TV at Slow Life did not bother them in the slightest; they were too busy trying to track down the 3 kittens in between the lavender bushes.
We made daily trips out and about but the children were always itching to get back to the pool at Slow Life. If you want to be flexible you do need a car as it is a few kilometres off the tarmac road near Magione. Don't forget to take, and follow, Bruno's directions - typing the address into the sat nav lead us totally astray!

Room Tip: The Green room has a private terrace.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Thank SMS05
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

We stayed at Slow life for 4 nights, but could easily have stayed here longer. It is a great place to either use for a short relaxing trip, or, like we did, combine it with Firenze, Rome, or other busy places. You"ll be able to relax here, but at the same time there's lots of smaller towns within an hours driving distance to visit. It's nice to go for a hike early in the morning, before it gets too warm in the summer. There's a nice size pool to work on your tan on a lazy day as well. The place looks great and is a nice combination of the old style farms mixed with relaxed modern design. The beds are super!(which is always a pluss, since this is not the case at most places). And then there's Bruno, Carol and children who really enjoy what they're doing....and it shows. Bruno's food is great, nice healthy breakfasts with nice bread(uncommon at a lot of places), fresh juice, fruit and "eggs-on-demand" :-) Dinner is nice honest food, using mainly local produce...if you hint early in the morning what you desire, it might actually end up on your plate at night! And the views are great, if you're into photography there's lots to capture. We'll definitely come back sometime, until then I hope lots of other people will enjoy this lovely place and Bruno's food! If there's anything negative to mention; one mysterious bird sounding like a car-alarm decided to have his residence in the tree right outside our window:-) And for those that are afraid that they can't be online: in the reception-area you can hook up. Ciao!

Room Tip: Room nr.13 has a great view from the window....
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2012

My husband and I and another couple spent 5 nights here recently and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The hotel is exquisitely designed and finished. Its location nestled among olive trees on the hillside makes for a thoroughly relaxing stay. Some days we spent going for walks, hanging out at the pool. Other days we were hardcore tourists going to Cortona, Assissi and Perugia, all just a short drive away. We appreciated the tips we got from the owners to find off the beaten track recommendations for hikes, sites and food. We can't wait to get back.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Aichen
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

Booking a really last gasp escape from the awful British weather, Slow Life was a risk, having discovered it by chance as one of Tablet's newbies. Any concerns were immediately dispelled; perhaps the accuracy of the directions, Carol's genuine, warm welcome, possibly the quality of the simple, honest accommodation, the tranquility of the setting, or maybe the potent scent of rosemary, jasmine, and genista. And then breakfast...here come the boys; Bruno's much vaunted wizardry perfectly accompanied by the antics of young Zachary, the family puppy who you'd forgive anything. Dinner was equally memorable, from the excellent aperitivos, through the outstanding food and perfectly accompanied wines, to the firefly ballet bringing each evening to a close.

In summary a fantastic discovery; the place, the people;
-the dogs.

Room Tip: No spa or fitness centre, but the pool was very well thought out; very sheltered.
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Mickeywhizz
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Reviewed 6 June 2012

Slow Life is a beautiful restoration run by a wonderful family. It is located in an incredible valley, off-the-beaten track where one can relax with only the quiet jingle of cattle bells as company. The infinity pool is gorgeous, the view immaculate.  The best part, though, is Bruno's (the owner) ability in the kitchen.  The man is a genius and the food is the best we had in Italy.  Breakfast is hearty and dinner is a culinary masterclass in the use of simple, fresh ingredients to create wonderful Umbrian dishes.  We thoroughly recommend Slow Life to anyone who wants to get away from it all and enjoy a true slice of heaven. It was a fantastic way to start our honeymoon.

  • Stayed: May 2012
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Thank Jameschilvers1
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Reviewed 3 June 2012

We loved our stay at Slow Life Umbria for many reasons. The comfort and luxury was superb. The hosts were lovely people who were very helpful and welcoming. The accomodations and surrounding beauty was magnifisent. The cuisine was also incredible. Freshly squeezed juices, sumptuous pastas, locally grown organic produce. It was really special. The other big thing we liked was the proximity to many historic towns which were excellent day trips. We really discovered italy!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Max B
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Address: Loc. Castel Rigone Campagna 32, 06065 Passignano Sul Trasimeno, Italy
Region: Italy > Umbria > Province of Perugia > Passignano Sul Trasimeno
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 19 Speciality Lodging in Passignano Sul Trasimeno
Price Range: £135 - £137 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Slow life Umbria means to live according to the rhythm of nature, to rediscover moments of serenity and harmony with nature and within ourselves.Slow life Umbria is an antique stone house situated in the heart of Umbria surrounded by woods and olive groves. ( From the buzz of the bees to the sound of the wind touching the plants, under a sun that enhances colours and heats the skin…) ... more   less 
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