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Tucked away in the mountains, with stunning views across to Assisi, this is a truly glorious place to relax and unwind. There's so much to see and do, even out of season.
The cottages are all individual, well appointed and comfortable: simply but tastefully decorated with an enormous bible of information about the area, seasonal fiesta’s and walks around the local countryside. The pool is a beautifully quiet place to swim and sunbathe, either with a book, or simply relax with your own thoughts and admire the majestic scenery. There is a fantastic golf course near by if swimming isn't your thing. In the early morning you can sit on your private terrace, in this haven of peace, against the backdrop of mountains and wooded Umbrian countryside and watch the mist clear, as the first shafts of sunlight burn through the cloud.
Chrissie and David who own this little estate (and live in the farmhouse in the grounds) are so welcoming and hospitable. They maintain the pool, grounds and properties to the highest standard. Nothing is too much trouble be it offering advice on where to eat (and booking a table for you if your linguistic skills are poor!) to putting you in touch with a friendly mechanic or English speaking doctor, should you need one. In the summer they also invite you during your stay to share a Pizza as the sun goes down with them and fellow guests, which are made to your own specification, in their stone pizza oven, an original feature of their ancient stone Farmhouse. There is also a BBQ at your disposal which David will help you organise should you so wish.
You will need a car to take advantage of the abundance of things to see and do. The drive up the winding mountain roads can be a little precarious even by Formula One standards. This is still a very unspoilt rural part of Italy so do take a phrase book if you don't speak much Italian. Your attempts at communication will be well received by all the Italians! This is a truly special place to stay, although possibly a little inaccessible for anyone with a disability. Do take a warm jumper – can be quite chilly in the evenings, even in the summer.
My family made a return visit to Casa San Gabriel two years after our first holiday there. We took our 2 children with us (aged 2 & 4) and had a wonderful vacation. We enjoyed the amazing views every time we stepped out of the farmhouse and took lots of day trips to Sienna, Assisi and other little Italian villages to sightsee and to introduce Lara and Tom to real pizza!! Chrissie, David and their lovely family looked after us so well and we hope to come back sometime next year.