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Everyone deserves a chance in life to spend some time at Casa San Gabriel. The property and location is more stunning than the pictures can represent, and the owners may just be the most kind and generous people in Italy. They made sure that we were completely happy and that all of our needs were met. We wish that we had spent our whole vacation here, and really enjoyed more time in this area and on this property. As for the ad- everything was just as described or better. Truly an amazing place!!
Over the last few years we've stayed in all of Chrissie and David's properties, and very good they all are too. Best of all, though, is the friendly care and attention the hosts give you, making you feel really at home. Add to that a great swimming pool with an unbelievable view, and you have the recipe for a really memorable holiday! Couldn't be better located, either, with Assisi nearby, Perugia, Gubbio and much more. We even managed Florence, Rome and Siena on day trips out. We took our son Hugh with us, and he too had a really great time - swimming, playing with Cuba the Dog, and helping make pizzas on the legendary pizza nights. We can really heartily recommend Casa San Gabriel - a great holidayfor adults and kids alike.
Keith and Helen
if you follow the travel instructions down to the letter you will get there no worries. We got lost one night while there & went itno a local café in UmberTide for help ... a man got into his car & took us back home with a smile. The 3 cottages are very well set out & looked after & we liked finding a basic supply of food & drink awaiting us on arrival. We would certainly recommend this operation !!!
A very extensive brochure is provided with things to do, places to visit & restaurants
Places of interest like Perugia, Sienne & Assisi are esay to get to If you play golf then the 18 hole course is quite difficult & a real eye-opener
I was told by a fellow traveller about Casa San Gabriel and called them on short notice to see if I could stay. Chrissie and David were most welcoming and did everything a gracious host could do. As I was alone Chrissie and David offered me the opportunity to join in on several activities that they had on offer (Pizza NIght was a favorite!), but they also took me along with them to a community dinner in Pierantonio to celebrate the towns gils who had won a volleyball tournament. It was the best Italian food I have ever had and an experience I will never forget! My stay happened to also coincide with the World Cup in Italy in 2006 and David happily included me iand some other guests in s few trips into town to watch Italy play. I cannot decide which was best, the atmosphere or the gelato! Chrissie also told me about a flower festival in Spoleto which was something I never would have known about, but so glad I was able to attend. Fantastic.
So I imagine you are thinking, 'that is great, but I just want to relax!' That you can my friend! My little cottage La Stella was perfect for me (and I plan to take my husband there in the future for a romantic getaway). It is a beautiful stone cottage with the most spectacular views across the valley. I loved making up my meals in the efficient kitchen and taking them out onto the stone terrace with a good book and a glass of local wine. Chrissie and David do everything they can to make you feel welcome including setting you up with the basics so you can have a nice breakfast along with your REAL ITALIAN EXPRESSO! The valley is not only lovely to admire from above, but my walk down into it revealed old stone buildings and beautiful fields of wildflowers. I never made it to the castle across the valley, but I had to leave something for the next time I go. Would I recommend this property? Yes, Yes, anytime you have the opportunity Yes!
P.S. A car is kind of essential
We stayed for a little over a week at Casa San Gabriel, and we rate as one of our best holidays ever.
We found the website to be very accurate, and helpful during the booking process.
We ended up flying into Pisa (due to flight availability etc), but this worked well, as we arrived late, stayed one night in a hotel, did sightseeing the next morning (including the "Lean over Tower of Pisa" as described by our 3 year old son) before collecting our rental car and driving on to Casa San Gabriel.
We stayed in Il Fienile, as it had two bedrooms, and this suited us. Jack loved his downstairs room (with bunk beds) and we liked that the room could be kept quite dark to encourage any possible sleep-ins! The loft space bedroom upstairs was lovely, and overlooked the dining/lounge. We now have a 2nd son and hope to return and use the same house.
The accommodation was clean, well thought out, furnished nicely, high quality linens and fittings. The outdoor patio areas were well designed, so we didn't overlook/infringe on the privacy of the other cottages. Little touches like freshly baked bread, advice with day trips and suitability for kids, lending us toys and books for our son, etc etc - all contributed to a wonderful break. Chrissie and David are such lovely people, they made us feel more like friends/family, than clients.
We loved the stunning views, peaceful setting, yet still located so you can do day trips to Assisi, Perugia, Spello, Spoleto etc. With some help and advice from Chrissie, we even managed to get the train to Florence for a day trip - which we'd highly recommend, even with young kids! Jack's highlight was the gelati and David "the man with no clothes on" at the Academia.
We have recommended this property to friends and family over the past 2 years, and will continue to do so and hope to return soon.
You sit on the terrace, sip the local wine and gaze down one of the most beautiful and unspoilt valleys in Umbria, which tumbles down beneath you towards Assisi. Then the sun sets and the stars come out. For natural beauty, tranquillity, warmth (of the weather and of the welcome) and repose, you could not do better than go to Casa San Gabriel. I heartily recommend it to everyone.