On the edge of an
very Italian village, in the heart of Umbria, the most frazzled parents can
completely unwind at Casa Delle Grazie. The owners have lovingly created three
cottage apartments on their small holding and go to great lengths to make life
completely easy and enjoyable for the whole family.
toddlers are half the battle and the owner’s rabbit run, a playground and pool
are a pretty good start. The apartments have their own garden terrace with shady
pergola to relax in private, comfy outdoor furniture and a bbq is also
provided. Guests are also welcome to enjoy the house gardens, with glorious
views from the pool plus a small veg patch where guests are welcome to sample
any ripened vegetable. Dotted around the property are wonderful fruit trees,
figs, cherry, apple and walnut. To the front of the property there is a field
where the owners grow raspberries and guests are free to pick them when in season. Pre ordered meals can be ordered and private
catering can be arranged. Through the summer, guests are invited for an
aperitivo so they can sample some local salami and cheese and also get to know
the other guests. From time to time local
produce such as olive oils and jams are available. There is also a library of
books, DVD’s and CD’s for guests to borrow.
A babysitting service is available and complimentary welcome packs are
provided so you sorted for breakfast the next morning.
Casa Delle Grazie
is just a 5-minute walk from the village of Montone and there is loads for
families to see and do nearby but as evening falls, the apartments offer all
the welcome comforts of home. TV, DVD and CD players, Ipod dock and free wifi
has the home entertainment sorted, the kitchens are well equipped for self
catering and the simple, comfy bedrooms are ensuite. After a good night’s rest,
a new day of exploring Umbria awaits, from the beaches of Lake Trasimeno to
unmissable Assisi to the chocolate factory in Perugia! Mums can also recharge
body, mind and soul in the small Spa of Hotel Fortebraccio located in the
village of Montone.
Stalla (The Stall) sleeps 4-6 and is all on the ground floor for easy access
with a pram or pushchair. There are two double bedrooms which can be set up as
a superking or twin and both have space for a cot and have their own shower room/wc.
The living/dining room has a double sofa bed (orthopedic) and the apartment has
a fully equipped kitchenette. La Stalla also has access to a private terrace
garden with deck chairs, parasol and outdoor dining furniture.
Delle Grazie is just a 5-minute walk from Montone where there is a choice of
child friendly restaurants to sample yummy Umbrian food. Umbertide (5 minutes
drive) is a sizeable town to stock up on supplies and provisions, with a
bustling market every Wednesday and an organic farmers market every Saturday.
capital of Umbria, Perugia (25 minutes drive), is an historic university city,
renowned for its annual jazz festival and Bacci chocolates, with tours of the
Perugina chocolate factory likely to be a hit with wannabe Willy Wonkers! Assisi (30 minutes), with its mighty basilica
in honour of St Francis is Umbria’s tourist mecca and the Gubbio (20 minutes)
is one of the most famous medieval hill towns.
Delle Grazie is surrounded by stunning Umbrian scenery and beautiful Lake
Trasimeno (25 minutes) has nine public beaches for perfect family picnics, paddling,
swimming and watersports. There are also boat trips to the lake’s islands and
good fish restaurants to try.
indulge in Umbria’s famous delicacies, foodies staying at Casa Della Grazie can
go on guided truffle hunts, have a sheep’s milk cheese tasting in Montone, visit a goats cheese farm in Val
di Mezzo and quaff the wines in local vineyards. Other things for families to see and do
include the spectacular Frasassi Caves, the Mirabilania theme park, Meridiana
Alpaca Farm and Parco del Sole wildlife park.
services: Aine (the owner) is trained in first aid. Medical assistance and hospital in
Umbertide (5 minutes drive)
Getting there: Perugia
(25 minutes) is the nearest airport and Ryanair offer flights from London
Stansted. Other airports with flights from the UK include Ancona (1½ hours), Florence (1½ hours) and Pisa (2 hours).