from Great Britain, September 2018
"Girls Umbria Adventure"
Our hosts were so welcoming!
Looked after us so well. Nothing was too much trouble.
Delicious food, wine and surroundings!
Day trips out were excellent!
from Great Britain, August 2018
"A weekend in Umbria"
My daughter and I enjoyed absolutely everything about this experience which wildly exceeded our expectations. We arrived late and were warmly welcomed. We were shown to our clean room in a big eclectic farmhouse where interesting antique artefacts charm the eye. Although we were late we were given a delicious three course supper in a magnificent dining room which was full of other guests happily enjoying and sharing the experience. In the morning the splendour of the grounds and the surrounding countryside became obvious. Marina was a terrific hostess- organised and helpful (she speaks impeccable English) but she also arranged our days so that we had time to relax and to spend time on our own reading and sunbathing. We were taken to the local winery where we had leisurely lunch of ham and cheese and bruschetta and tasted several of the wines. The cooking lesson in the evening was a highlight. Jean Luca was a terrific teacher. We made fresh pasta ravioli, sea bass and tiramisu for our supper that evening. On our last day (of 3) we explored the local countryside and had lunch in an exceptionally good local restaurant. We returned to Rome via Orveta which was breathtakingly beautiful. The cathedral is worth a visit to Umbria in its own right.
Breakfast was delicious and the evening meals exceptional. We were offered as much delicious local wine as we wished. All this was included in the price.
We will definitely go back.
from Great Britain, August 2018
"Arrived in MY IDYLL "
Marina was and is simply fantastic she makes everyone feel so cared for and is attentive to one’s need and extremely generous with everything.
The food was simply excellent and the wine tour out did my expectations. I had a super time swimming in the fabulous pool and cooking with others who quickly became new friends ! All in all it is a very special place so peaceful I highly recommend ! Now I can make pasta from scratch but real Italian ravioli !!! Thanks to the in-house chef !!
from Great Britain, July 2018
"Gorgeous place to relax with perfect hosts"
Marina went out of her way to make everything relaxing and easy. Even lending us a map of Rome and giving us lifts to the local station. Great location with beautiful views and easy to get to Rome or Florence on the train. The cooking was fun, very low key which suited us. And delicious. A great break for us.
from Australia, June 2018
"Marina and Jean Lucca looked after me so well, I will have t"
The location, hospitality, food and accommodation wss truly wonderful. I will go to visit again snd recommend to others.
from Switzerland, April 2018
"One off cooking school"
Location, the hosts were very friendly, food and wine were great, facilities were beautiful
from Ireland, August 2017
"Superb service accommodation location marina just idyllic "
from Germany, July 2017
"Tranquility & Amazing Food - A place to rest your soul"
The sourrounding area allows for great views. Marina, the host, was very attentive and helpful making sure you feel at home and had everything you needed. As I was the only person this time she did the bike tour with me and we had dinner together over a glass of wine and some nice conversations. The room was clean and it was quite. Taking a dip in the pool on a hot and sunny day is wonderful as well. Additionally I was picked up and dropped of at the local train station which was key for me to take part in the tour, as I was not travelling by car myself. During the cooking a learned how to prepare different dishes from starters, over pasta, a main dish to desert.
From the very first email contact on, Marina was very accommodating and honest. I fully trusted her and was right to do so. Thank you!
from Great Britain, June 2017
Marina and Gianluca were wonderful. Marina especially went out of her way to accommodate me and made me feel very welcomed and at home. I wanted a very relaxing week in the sunshine and fresh air with excellent food and wine and that is exactly what I got. The food was very fresh and simple and an excellent variety too. Thank you very much for a superb holiday. I hope to return again soon. Best wishes, Georgina x
Kevin F. United Kingdom
We have recently returned form a whole week at Podere le Olle and sampled a variation of what it has to offer. Right at the start I wholeheartedly recommend this place as a base to explore this part of Umbria and into Toscana and Lazio. We had accommodation, meals, cookery lessons/experiences and trips out.
Firstly location. easiest if you have your own transport as it is in the middle of a quiet area of Umbria although there is a train station in the nearby town and either Marina or Gianluca, the owners will come and fetch you. The estate is right next to a small village and a few km from Montebaggione; there are restaurants within easy distance. To get to the house there is a polar tree-lined driveway into a secluded hollow overlooking the valley and woods below. There is the main house which has a large dining room and kitchens. Outside on the terrace is where breakfast is served. There is also a decent sized swimming pool.
Accommodation is in an adjacent building converted from a farm/stables and has two floors. Upstairs I believe have the larger rooms. the whole building has been converted beautifully, wood floors and light decor. Our room was large with good storage and a large bathroom which was very well appointed. There are very efficient insect screens on the windows which also have shutters. There is internet access in the main house.
Breakfasts are usually served outside - fruit, yoghurt, coffee and a cooked option is usually available. So taking this place as just a B&B is highly recommended. There were a number of guests at the same time as us and all enjoyed staying there very much.
Also highly recommended are the occasional cookery lessons held by Gianluca, usually using whatever is freshly available at market and in their garden. Lots of fresh vegetables beautifully cooked and served with local wines (and their label with the estate olive oil). The food and the enjoyment of learning how to cook it were particular highlights for us.
Part of our stay were also trips out to wine and cheese producers and some of the beautiful towns in the region chauffeured by Marina who does an excellent job. If you don't want to go far then there are walks around the area straight from the farm into the surrounding woods.
Finally the key components were Marina and Gianluca who work very hard to make everyone welcome; they were excellent and certainly ensured we enjoyed our stay. Definitely consider this place for a stay in Umbria.