Umbria hotel, 15th century country hotel, Italy

Location:
Pietralunga, between Gubbio and Città di Castello, Northern Umbria
Price:
From 70 - €105 per double room per night
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Children up to 2 year: no charge. Children from 3 to 6 year old: 50% discount. Children from 7 to 12 year old: 25% discount. Suites and apartments also available.
Vouchers: accepted
Offers:
Enjoy our 3 for 2 promotion! Sleep 3 nights and pay 2! 3 nights in a double room ensuite, breakfast, free wifi, service, all taxes only 180€ per couple. 3 nights in a suite, only 210€ per couple. Last minute availability for the next 3 months
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4 reviews4 star rating
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Umbria hotel, 15th century country hotel, Italy

Responsible travel: Umbria hotel, 15th century country hotel, Italy

My family and I moved from Rome to this surprising area in 2002.

We bought the abandoned former house of the Marquis Patrizi with the intention of restoring it and creating a comfortable place where guests can have a privileged base to explore the magical and historical atmosphere of the Umbrian towns and discover the uncontaminated colourful forests of the Valle del Carpina.

My father Paolo, a former architect and now the chef, made sure that all the projects of the restoration of the house focused on protecting the environment and saving power as much as possible. We are founding members (and I am the president) of an association which aims to promote responsible tourism in the area of the Valle del Carpina. I have attended recently a 3 month course “Green and cultural tourism in Northern Umbria” promoted by Regione Umbria.

Since opening our Umbria hotel in 2005 we have employed two/three local ladies year round. We provide local area information to our guests and are pleased to suggest tailored itineraries in the area. We also sponsored the publishing of a recipe book which collects all the traditional recipes (in Italian and English) of this area of the Umbrian/Marche Appennines.

Our property strictly applies policies to save energy and protect our environment. The house was renovated in 2005 focusing on saving energy and keeping insulated the interior (in summer, when the outside temperature is over 30°, our lobby natural temperature is 22/23°). We do not use diesel or liquid gas to warm up the house (1100 square meters), but wooden pellets. Hot water is produced by solar panels. All kitchen equipments are class A+ rating and low power consumption.

We ask to our guests to re-use towels and encourage them to save electricity and water. We use low-consumption bulbs and apply filters to taps to reduce the waste of water. We also recycle paper, metal, plastic and glass and have two own composters to reduce the organic garbage and have fertilizer for our flowers. Food scraps are used to feed animals of our neighbours. In order to reduce the waste of paper in our office we use always both sides of the sheets. We also use rechargeable ink cartridge for fax and printer.

We are delighted to offer to our restaurant clients fresh local products such as jams, wines, truffles, olive oil etc. We also resell the same products. We are proud to offer a selection of more than 50 Umbrian wines. Our wine list is made exclusively of Umbrian wines.

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Umbria hotel, 15th century country hotel, Italy

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed 21 Jul 2014 by Paul Bish5 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The fantastic fish-menu that Paolo cooked for us one evening!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


To make themost of touring this area you need two things 1. a car for visiting all the historic and beautiful towns and villages in the area. 2. Good walking shoes for exploring the hills around Pietralonga.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, definately. Almost all the food and other products used in the hotel were locally sourced. No delivery lorries were ever seen! All staff are local.
Recycling is activily encouraged. Bath and shower products are organic and locally sourced. The hotel promotes local tourism and walking holidays.
Leaflets and maps about the area can be borrowed but are expected to be returned so other guests van use them. The hotel are agents for a number of local organic food and cosmetic producers and sell their products

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This is a very special place. The staff are friendly and helpful in a quiet manner, respecting privacy whilst giving excellent service.
Rates are reasonable. The hotel is an authentically and tastefully decorated and furnished renovation of an old country manor house. Pietralonga is a small but beautiful village with a lively local culture independent from, but welcoming to tourists. There are several good cafes, bars and restaurants in the village.
It is a mountain drive in all directions to come to and leave the village, but within 30 - 45 minutes you have access to the motorways for venturing further afield. The hotel is directly on the Francescan pilgrims long distance trekking path and there are many way-marked walking routes in the surrounding hills. Thoroughly recommended!

Reviewed 23 Aug 2013 by Sue Prince4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The beautiful suite at the top of the fascinating building and the delicious food. The food and service was sooo lovely we ate there every night.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Relax and take time to chat to Manuele, he is full of info and great itineraries for exploring Umbria.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, local staff and all the food was locally produced- even a delicious alternative to Nutella, produced by a guy down the road.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was the perfect relaxed and calming place for 4 days to end a holiday dashing about exploring Italy.

Reviewed 05 Nov 2012 by Julie Ritchie4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Driving through wonderful Umbrian landscapes and exploring medieval, hilltop villages. Pietralunga was centrally located within easy distances to some stunning areas and lots of historic sites.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


A GPS (we had a Tom Tom) is a sensible and helpful device in this area of confusing roads and alternative routes.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. We visited local craft and areas of interest and bought their produce. The hotel in which we stayed used local and seasonal produce for all the meals.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A fabulous introduction to Umbria. Really want to re visit the area in the future.

Reviewed 15 May 2011 by Jacqueline Vann4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The most memorable part of my holiday was the warm welcome that I received from Manuele and Simone, and indeed all the family at the accommodation. I felt so at home.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you like the idea of staying in a beautiful country house off the beaten track set in lovely scenery, yet within driving distance of some truly stunning medieval towns and villages, where you will receive the warmest of welcome’s, this is the place for you.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


It was very clear that protecting the environment was very much part of the ethos at the accommodation, with clear notices in every room reminding clients of what they should do to play their part.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I had an excellent time. Manuele and Simone were extremely attentive and helpful and took a genuine interest in making sure that I had the best possible experience while staying at the accommodation
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