Villa di Monte Solare0.0 out of 5.0
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What a wonderful relaxing Italian estate! A beautiful and picturesque property, far away from the crowds and the cities. Getting here is not for the faint of heart as it is a bit off the grid. But once you are here there is nothing that is lacking. The staff is courteous and efficient. They were most helpful in pre arrival meal planning and offering assistance setting up off property excursions. We loved the two pools and used them quite a bit. Don't miss a day bicycling along Lake Trasimeno. We rented really nice bikes from a local bike shop called Cicli Valentini, they really went out of there way to accommodate us at the last minute; especially when we had almost no language skills in common! The rooms and accommodations were first class. Plenty of room with large comfortable baths and sumptuous bedding. The food was wonderful, the wines choices outstanding. The breakfast buffet is so good you can't wait to get out of bed to go! I We set up massages ahead of time and enjoyed the spa atmosphere, though my wife and I were disappointed by the massages. Though remote in location we were able to make day trips to local villages and the surrounding countryside, including Perugia, Montepulciano and Montalcino. We wish we could have stayed longer. Would go back again and again
My wife and I travelled to Villa Di Monte Solare in June 2016 with another couple.We flew into Perugia, hired a car and followed directions supplied by Hotel which were very good.On arrival met by a very courteous receptionist and shown to our rooms. Beautiful rooms , very old building, stone stairs and floors with rugs, really rustic and relaxing. Great of the valleys and vineyards from the upped bedrooms. There are town Pools, one near the main hotel and one at the bottom of the hill behind the hotel where the cookery school is located.We tended to use this pool even though the walk back to the hotel is really steep but if you don't want hills don't go to Umbria. We stayed three days and nights and really had a fantastic time, Breakfast is served with a huge and varied Buffet. Lunch is typically light with local breads and meats. The evening menus were really special and varied with variations of original local dishes cooked to your liking, too varied to go into here but the four of us could not pick one dish alone as best overall as every meal we had was excellent. The Hotel has an outstanding Sommelier and every Wine she recommended was as she had described. We attended the Cookery School for a morning and it was quite good , we learned some local methods of Pasta making and so on but would have liked to more cooking and less watching the chef cook. Overall we have a fantastic few days here and would come back in a heartbeat.The only downside was with the Cookery School which was quite expensive included a Hotel Chefs Apron which was out of stock I have e-mailed about this but it has not been delivered yet, maybe this year. Lovely place, not cheap but I think worth a visit. I will go back someday.
From the moment we arrived Allesio made us so very welcome and was so helpful with the local area,giving us tips on places to visit and suggesting a wonderful walk which we did around the Hotels grounds. All of the staff here were so helpful and it felt like a very well run Establishment. The room was excellent with a stunning view across the valley. The breakfast room and the selection available was one of the best I have seen in Italy. The restaurant staff were also very professional and it was a lovely experience for dinner in the evening.
Beautiful location sorounded by olive groves and vineyards... Excellent food Clean rooms Real wild boars and foxes around Very imaginative chef... Professional and friendly sommelier, congratulations lady... Please change or repair your bicycles, dear friends 😀
This is a beautiful classic Italian country house hotel and grounds. Some of the accommodation is set among the grounds of a very old olive grove. This involves some walking from the rustic but beautifully appointed bedrooms to the main hotel and restaurant. The walk is up a steep hill and takes about five minutes. It is not the hotel that gets my poor rating but rather we had bought a three day cooking course through ' go learn to'. This cost the two of us £1400+. We were asked before we went how we rated ourselves in cooking ability and I replied 'intermediate'. However this was immaterial as we didn't actually do any cooking! There was some preparation: slicing an onion, some carrots, celery and kneeding sone pasta dough. The entire three days was spent watching the chef demonstrate how to cook several dishes which he then prepare for us to eat. Through an interpreter he explained and demonstrated how to cook three meals. There was only one hob and one oven. I have explained to 'Go Learn to' that they should not be selling cooking holidays when it's mainly the chef demonstrating how he cooks. I have been on several cooking courses in the UK and all involved having our own workstation and cooker where we had to actually prepare and the cook the dishes. This was a special holiday to celebrate our 30th wedding annerversary and we only went to the hotel because of the cooking course. Therefore we were both very disappointed. Summary: do go and spend a couple of nights in this beautiful hotel. Don't do the cooking course
Our stay was from 9th -15th September. All aspects of the service were outstanding. Reception services were very good including good suggestions and excellent language skills in English and German. Our rooms (down through vines and olive groves) were serviced immaculately. The restaurant was absolutely excellent. A most informative and and helpful somellier. Without doubt, one of the best chefs we have come across in many years of fine dining - do try the Umbrian Poached Egg - bit of a surprise! Monte Solare made a major contribution to our holiday Pat and Klim Seabright
We have been visiting this part of Umbria for many years and on our way to stay at nearby Country House Montalli have passed Villa Di Monte Solare and thought how attractive it looked .So this year we thought we would have a massage at the spa and rather than travel down the hill we would spend the last three nights of our stay here This turned out to be a big mistake.This is a thourghly honest review of our experience,so i will begin with the good points.Firstlly the hotels public rooms and grounds are beautiful and very well maintained.Our bedroom, superior class was spacious ,spotlessly clean and elegant.The staff are friendly and helpful.Now for the problems we faced which reduced our rating from excellent to poor.These seem to stem from poor management ,not the staff you meet on a daily basis.We are Vegetarian so from experience we are cautious when booking hotels as this is not the first hotel which has struggled to provide even an acceptable level of choice and quality.On the hotel website it states there is a vegetarian menu so we felt we would be fine but to be sure we included our dietary requirements on the booking made several months before our visit and called into the hotel several days before our stay to make sure they were aware of our needs all to no avail.At dinner on the first evening we found out there was no vegetarian menu rather there were vegetarian choices on the menu ,this would have been fine had these not consisted of one choice on the first course a salad, one choice on the second course cream of peas with red prawns with the prawns removed!one choice on the third course and three other salads.when we informed the waitress that we felt this was very poor she asked if we could suggest something, trying to keep things simple i suggested a risotto with mushrooms or asparagus only to be told we don't have the rice ,she then said they could make a pasta dish with just a plain tomato sauce as they did for children presumably this was a luxury level of patronising.Needless to say we didn't try to eat at the restaurant again.Next our spa experience.On the evening of our arrival I informed the reception of our desire to have a massage the next day and would this be a problem the person on reception said no and with the exception of 6pm the whole day was free.So at breakfast on Saturday I tried to book the 7th heaven massage for couples only to be told that because this was set up in a tent in the gardens this treatment required 24 hours notice but this is not mentioned in the spa brochure or room literature.Fortunately we were there Sunday so I booked for then.When we arrived for the massage on Sunday There was only one masseuse!When i queried this i was told she would do 5 mins massage on each of us in turn.Anyone who is familiar with massage knows that one of the cardinal rules is that the massage should flow with the hands only been removed from the recipient when he or she turns over, the idea of five minutes on five minutes off is ridiculous.My wife and i have had simultaneous massages on numerous occasions and there have always been 2 people giving the massage.So I decided after my wife had received her massage not to go ahead with mine and informed the hotel of this fact and that we would consequently only pay half the cost. One other relatively small matter the hotels pools,pool areas and loungers are dated and in need of an upgrade.Despite the issues we had, at no point did the hotel manager speak to us including at checkout when the person on reception had to go and confirm with him the non payment of half the massage this is terrible customer service at any price and at almost £1000 for three nights this is appaling.We are not professional complainers (see other reviews)and as I said I have tried to be completely honest in this review.this hotel could be first class and I hope the owners of the hotel read this review so other guests don't have the negative experiences we did.
Have just returned from an amazing week staying here. It was amazing, the hotel and grounds are stunning. The staff are all absolutely brilliant, and the food was just out of this world. Our walk to breakfast every morning thru the olive grove was just joyous. If we ever return to the area will certainly stay here again. I cannot praise this hotel enough, I would say probably the best hotel I have stayed in.
If you want a wonderful holiday in Umbria, a place to unwind and relax, this is it. The best things about the hotel are; location, food and the staff. It's a wonderful place to wake up in the morning and breakfast on the terrace was a joy. This is what you need to know. LOCATION: About 45 minutes from Perugia Airport. Once you turn off the main road you travel up a quiet country road. The property was easy to find. The last 300 yards of the road was not made up so was a bit bumpy, but roads in Umbria are not the best in the world. PROPERTY: When you arrive at the main property, its beautiful. Park in the car park and go to reception. Leave your bags in the car. They will carry your bags for you. RECEPTION STAFF: They can't do enough to help. Jennifer and Anna were so lovely and they both speak perfect English. They gave us lots of local advice and leaflets on local walks and tips on how to get into Perugia etc. ROOMS: There are rooms in the house and rooms half way down the hill and also at the bottom of the hill. The room we had was at the bottom of the hill. Parking is plentiful and not an issue. The room (No 36) was spacious, well appointed and had a lovely bathroom and also a walk in cupboard. It also had a fridge and safe. It was very comfortable. It also had air con which was very helpful. Cleaning service was good. There was a small area to sit at a table and chair POOLS: There are 2 swimming pools, one near the main house and one half way down the hill. We used the pool regularly. Both had beautiful views and they were both lovely places to relax. The pools were average size and there were plenty of chairs and loungers. There was a men's and women's shower room / toilet. Most of the time we were there, there were only a few other people there, and sometimes only us, so it was very peaceful. VIEWS: The views all round the property are stunning. There is a walk around the estate. (We started the walk but we chose the wrong time to go in the middle of the day, but it would be nice first thing in the morning.) BREAKFAST: Is on the Terrace by the main house. Service was excellent as was the food. A great way to start the day here. MEALS in the EVENING: We had 4 meals during our 12 day stay. The food is excellent. The meals are either inside the main house or on the terrace depending on the weather. The food is not as cheap as your average restaurants but it's not comparing like with like. The food here is amazing and is presented beautifully, hence the price difference. THINGS TO DO: at the hotel - Swimming, tennis (clay court), wine tasting (we did this with Emanuela which was great fun and cost 18 Euros each. She was a lovely lady and knows her wine. Spa. My wife had a massage which cost 75 euros. STAFF: They make this hotel. Everyone we met was so friendly and welcoming. PLACES TO VISIT: We visited in order of preference, Assisi, Gubbio, Orvieto, Multipulchiano, Panicale, Citte Della Pieva. Assisi was incredible and a must see. Perugia was fun. Best way to get there is to drive to the Perugia Football stadium car par and take the mini metro into the old centre. This is a small monorail which winds its way up to the city. We really enjoyed this ride. Gubbio was wonderful. We took the funicular up the mountain for incredible views. The Cathedral at Orvieto was amazing. ALTERNATIVE MEALS. We ate out on our trips out quite a bit. There are some eating places in the nearest small town called Tavernelle (10 minute drive.) There is also a good Supermarket there. If you want a nicer place to eat, you could try Panicale, which is a small hilltop village maybe 25 minutes away from the hotel? There are about 5 places there to eat in the square. They do music there on a Thursday evening. WHY COME TO Monte Solare? Because is just a perfect place to stay. All the people we spoke to loved it. I also noticed that the guest book had 2 recent entries where people had come back 25 years after their honeymoon and stayed there again and loved it again. Its the most relaxed we have been on a holiday in more than 30 years. I would recommend it in a heartbeat .
Totally fabulous hotel on every level. The rooms are full of character, the food is great, the service is subtle and appropriate, the wine is delicious and the grounds are lovely. For a few days of relaxation, peace and recuperation it was perfect. There are things you could suggest for improvement but nothing that takes away from a lovely stay.
Villa di Monte Solare places you within a 15-minute drive of Sanctuary of Mongiovino and Pietrafitta Paleontological Museum. This 25-room country house has 2 outdoor pools along with a full-service spa and free breakfast. Tavernelle Aquatic Park is also nearby.
Free hot/cold buffet breakfast is served each morning from 7:30 AM to 10 AM. Enjoy a bite to eat at the country house's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with room service, or get a pick-me-up at the 2 coffee shops/cafés.
All 25 air-conditioned rooms provide minibars, coffee makers, and safes. 32-inch flat-screen TVs are available for entertainment, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and pillow menus, and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Ironing boards and desks are also standard.
A local mainstay since 1780, Villa di Monte Solare offers a full-service spa, 2 outdoor pools, and a children's pool. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle (available on request) for EUR 100,00 per vehicle roundtrip. Helpful staff can provide dry cleaning/laundry services, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury country house include a health club, an outdoor tennis court, and a rooftop terrace.
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96% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 638 reviews