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Responsible tourism: Umbria farmhouse B&B, Italy

Environment

Since the beginning of this adventure we have made a choice: our farm didn’t have to cause a negative impact on the environment and, even more, we wanted it to be useful for the local community and fully integrated with it. For this reason, our cultivations are grown with organic methods, our animals are raised in open air, have wide areas of freedom and are fed partly with our self grown organic food and partly with secure GM free animal feed. We do not use medicines unless strictly necessary.

Within our farm, we pursue environmental and natural resource protection by maintaining a large wood area and a non cultivated area for biodiversity protection (putting up with roes and boars invasions…). Organic agriculture practices are applied also to the few ornamental green spots that you will find around and water use for gardening is reduced to a minimum.

Our farm is not served by the municipal aqueduct, thus water saving is a particularly relevant issue: we choose appliances that guarantee low levels of water consumption, aero-mixers are applied to taps and WCs are equipped with the double-botton device. Furthermore, rainwater collected from roofs is conveyed and reused for farming needs.

We aim at reaching the objective of 100% renewable energy supply. At the moment warm water and heating needs are completely satisfied by solar panels and a pellet boiler. 50% of the electricity we use comes from the photovoltaic panels installed on our roof. We also put great attention to energy saving: the boiler has a high efficiency; 90% of our bulbs are energy saving bulbs; thermo valves have been applied to bedrooms’ heaters. Traditional and low environmental impact materials have been used for refurbishing works and modern techniques for energy savings have been adopted.

We make efforts for reducing at most waste production. The use of disposable tablecloths, dishes and glasses is avoided and no disposable products are provided in the bathrooms. Whenever is possible, we “buy green”, we choose eco-labelled products and always give preference to recycled products and products with reduced and/or recycled packaging. Bins for separated waste collection are provided in the common room and in the outdoor dedicated area. For those food products that don’t come from our farm, we choose organic and local products. As an alternative, we offer fair trade products.

Maps and guides are available in the living room at the ground floor for guests that want to go walking or cycling (we provide bicycles free of charge). In any case, we are always available for advice and suggestions. For long distance journeys, the valley is served by buses and by a local train of Ferrovia Centrale Umbra (Regional Central Railway) and the timetable is available in the ground floor living room.

Community

We always support our neighbours and the local community when choosing organic and local product (when they don’t come from our farm). As an example, cheese, wine, oil, meat, fruits and vegetable are all coming from our valley. All what we use is km 0, when is possible.

We recommend to guests the local product seller showing them where we have been buying and what they are eating and drinking. We also do have in the farm a small point to sell the products and give all the information to reach the farms of the local producers with maps and guides.

We support local craft and culture with an info point about all you can find in the valley and recommending guests to visit local workshops. An example: to serve breakfast and dinner we use local pottery and we also we give the information the local pottery shops and workshop; all pieces of furniture in the farm are coming from local artisans that are specialized in wooden furniture and we give all the information for them to to visit the workshop.

People that work with us come from the valley and are always employed in the maximum respect of the law.

We also have a part in the project for the development of the organic agriculture being member of an association called AIAB and being a member of WWOOF ITALY.

Reviews of Umbria farmhouse B&B, Italy

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

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2015 by

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


Beautiful surroundings, cookery lesson with our host Sara, lovely, healthy and fresh food, beautifully cooked, interesting walk over to the beautiful village of Montone. Sara and Alessandro at the accommodation were extremely friendly and helpful. The B&B has been renovated with a real eye to beauty and has some really lovely touches.

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


We managed to get there by pubic transport and Sara and Alessandro helped by picking us up and taking us to the station which was much appreciated. Once there, there are interesting you can reach by walking, cycling or public transport, if you are happy to slow down and take it all in. We even got invited for dinner by an Italian family as we were walking by, looking a bit hot, red and English! A lovely memory to treasure!

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


Yes I do. Food was lovely and fresh and using public transport, walking and cycling reduced our environmental impact. We spent money in local villages which helps the rural economy.

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


Brilliant

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2013 by

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


The beautiful location, warm friendly welcome, the happiness of our 2 year old son enjoying stroking the animals and the delicious, fresh tasty locally produced food.

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


Go to Montone.

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


Yes, for example I felt the food was delicious and locally sourced.

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


Excellent.

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2013 by

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


We loved the view over the Umbrian hills from our cottage balcony - just like a movie set!
I liked the relaxed atmosphere that Sara has encouraged and the tasty 4 course dinners! Our boys LOVED "Pizza night"
and their late night swim and the forest with the wild swing!!
The kitten was a big hit too...

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


The car's GPS did not recognise the shortcut road from the highway so print the directions (which are perfect) before you go.
We had a week so tried out a different Italian town each day - Montone (the closest) is small but beautiful - try out the Erba Luna Restaurant just on the wall! And ice-creams in the square at the bar for lively evenings.
Loved Assisi the most with it's many churches, shops, winding streets and interesting stories.
Perugia had an underground city (but DO NOT try and drive in! We had to squeeze our car back through the city to get
out!)
...and the something different was Gubbio - darker feeling Gothic


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


It looked as though most of the produce was farmed right there - so yes.
The cottage had solar lights outside and two bins for recycling

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


Wonderful stay helped by perfect weather. Would recommend to any animal loving friends.

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2013 by

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


The location coupled with a warm welcome and amazing food.

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


Hire a car! Then make sure you print off the detailed location instructions from the web site.

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


Yes - the hosts use locally or own sourced food etc.

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


Absolutely brilliant!

Reviewed on 05 Nov 2012 by

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


The portion I spent at the agriturismo was excellent, weather aside. The hosts were excellent with plenty of information about the area; books & music to share; TV (not a usual but I was there during the Storm Sandy and from NY and wanted updates and visuals). There were excellent included breakfasts and dinner if you desired (fresh from their farm). I loved the dogs and cats greeting me in the mornings and joining in on walks. And the most unexpected and (not prepared for) trick or treaters.

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


Loved the Montone hill side town very nearby. Lots of people, music, food, crafts, and over all sense of joy. Liked Perugia about 50 kilometers away. Worthy of a day trip and don't forget to see the gothic underground city under Perugia.
Don't drive the small country mountain road to Cortona unless you are a thrill seeker and don't worry about no guardrails and other cars and if you do, make sure it's in daylight and nice weather.

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


It benefitted the very small local community (grocery store) and the local farmers and crafts people. The accomodations were in alignment with green and environmental issues.

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


This portion of my holiday was very relaxed and although the weather was not agreeable during my entire Italy stay, I still enjoyed it immensely. It was my 3rd trip in 4 years and there's at least 2 more trips to accomplish.

Thanks Responsible Travel for always having excellent suggestions.

Reviewed on 02 Nov 2012 by

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


Peace & quiet, enjoyed the chance to relax with no pressures

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


Make sure you have a Sat Nav and you know where you are going...... If you are
expecting 5* luxury, forget it. If you want great hosts, enjoyable company and
time to relax then go for it.

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


Nice set up onsite, a family that really seem to enjoy what they are doing. The
local village well utilised and very friendly.

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


Enjoyable, relaxing, friendly, would very happily return.

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2012 by

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


Staying on a working farm and visiting mountain top medieval villages and towns.

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




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


Yes. Only local food and local wine served.

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


An enjoyable and peaceful holiday with a friendly and hospitable family in a well appointed converted farmhouse. Excellent walks and sights to see by car.

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2012 by

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


Sitting on the terrace in the evening, surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery and being presented with the most amazing home grown, homemade food. Together with a nice glass of wine from the local vineyard and it was a little slice of heaven!!

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


You will definitely need a car for getting around this area, especially if you go in summer as it is really too hot to walk the distances required to get anywhere!!

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


Yes, our host buys things she needs that she can't supply herself, from her neighbours and the locality.

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


Awesome! A rustic rural retreat. Comfy beds, peace and quiet with food for the soul!

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